(this information is current as at June 2013 )
REA Vipingo Plantations Limited was incorporated in Kenya in 1995 and was subsequently listed in 1996 on the Nairobi Stock Exchange. Today, it comprises the company, which owns the Vipingo estate and 5 wholly owned subsidiaries; Dwa Estate Limited, which owns the Dwa estate, Amboni Plantations Limited, which owns the three Tanzanian estates and Amboni Spinning Mill Limited which owns the Spinning Mill in Tanzania. Wigglesworth Exporters Limited, a warehousing and shipping operation based in Mombasa, Kenya and Vipingo Estate Limited are also subsidiaries.
With an annual sisal fibre production of over 19,000 tonnes, the company is by far the largest sisal producer in Africa. Other than some fibre that is used in the group’s sisal spinning mill in Tanzania, all fibre produced is exported.
The group employs over 3,000 people, most of who are housed on the estates which provide medical facilities for the employees and their dependants, as well as schools and other amenities.
The REA Vipingo group headquarters are in Nairobi, Kenya and the directors of the company are:
Oliver Fowler, chairman, has been a partner in Kaplan & Stratton since 1981. He has been involved in commercial legal practice for over 30 years.
Neil Cuthbert, has been managing director since 2000 having previously been group general manager. He has had overall responsibility for the Kenya estates since the formation of the company and has worked for the REA group in Kenya since 1979.
Richard Robinow, has been a director of R.E.A. Holdings plc since 1978 and chairman since 1984. After an initial career in investment banking, he has been involved in the plantation business since 1974. He is chairman of M P Evans Group plc and a non-executive director of Sipef SA. R.E.A. Holdings plc, M P Evans Group plc and Sipef SA are European public companies which own and operate plantations in various parts of the world.
Brown Ondego, independent non-executive, has extensive experience in the shipping industry. Whilst serving as managing director of Mackenzie Maritime Limited he was recruited to serve as managing director of Kenya Ports Authority, a position he held until 2005. He is currently executive vice chairman of Rift Valley Railways Limited and a non-executive director of Barclays Bank of Kenya Limited.
Stephen Waruhiu, is a licenced valuer and estate agent. He is the managing director of Lloyd Masika Limited and a non-executive director of Kakuzi Limited and has been practising as a valuer and estate agent in Kenya, and also in Tanzania and Uganda, for 30 years.
Secretary and registered office
Certified Public Secretary (Kenya)
1st Floor, Block D,
Wilson Business Park,
P.O.Box 17648, Nairobi 00500
Registrars and transfer office
Custody & Registrars Services Limited,
6th Floor, Bruce House, Standard Street,
P.O.Box 8484, Nairobi 00100
Deloitte & Touche,
Certified Public Accountants (Kenya),
Deloitte Place, Waiyaki Way,
P.O.Box 40092, Nairobi 00100