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KTDA’s Tech Guru Martin Mwarangu leds KTDA’s Digital Transformation 

Martin mwarangu KTDA Group General Manager ICT

by Eric Ogott

Kenya Tea Development Agency Limited (KTDA) technology division led by Martin Mwarangu, was awarded as the Most Innovative Company and a Gold Mark of Recognition received at the CIO100 Awards held in Diani, Ukunda on November 24.

The award recognizes the innovative deployment of technology across the tea value chain for the benefit of tea farmers. The team presented three novel technology solutions – the use of the SAP ERP solution, enhancement in the Electronic Weighing System (EWS) and the recently launched KTDA Farmers App.

Martin has over 18 years of organizational and strategic leadership expertise gained in private and public sector organizations across the manufacturing, financial, and technology spheres.

He is an expert in formulating technology strategies and providing key insights and leadership in organizational digital transformation journeys, responsible for implementation of various industry solutions that meet the needs of various lines of business, guarantee quality service delivery to stakeholders, and enhance operational efficiencies.
He has received various recognitions for contributions in the technology space.

At KTDA, Martin has  been responsible for implementing SAP ERP and several other technologies that have led to huge costs reductions, enhanced business process efficiencies that have increased shareholder value and profits, put in controls that have enhanced business  governance.

The innovations have led to;
Improved customer experience and overall transparency, Inventory, stocks and assets traceability, Continued improved returns to the farmer by over 44 percent between 2021 to date, Improved governance structures along the tea value chain, Reduced greenleaf falsification cases by 50 percent and Reduced operational costs by over 30 percent.

KTDA ICT team members led by Group General Manager Martin Mwarangu (centre) display the award for Most Innovative Company and a Gold Mark of Recognition received at the CIO100 Awards held in Diani, Ukunda on November 24.

The solutions are geared towards improving efficiency across the tea chain, enhance customer experience and deliver better value for farmers and other stakeholders.

Going into the future, Martin is optimistic that the journey shall continue as KTDA aims to anchor technology around its business.

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