She takes over from Gitahi Gachahi who has managed the firm since 2010 and is due to retire later this year.
Muhoya, a Kenyan certified public accountant, has been with the firm for 16 years and has served in a number of senior roles. Most recently, she led assurance services in EY East Africa and was responsible for an unprecedented expansion in its business.
Welcoming her appointment, Gachahi described the growth on her watch as “phenomenal”. “With her experience, business acumen, exposure and global mind set, our business is poised for a take-off to the next level,” he added.
Muhoya’s rapid rise to the top has not gone unobserved. In 2016, she was picked as one of Business Daily’s Top 40 Under 40 Women, an annual award that recognises exceptional young businesswomen both as game changers and inspirational role models for future generations.
“It’s truly an honour to be appointed EY East Africa cluster leader,” she told economia. “I look forward to engaging with our highly talented teams across East Africa and continuing to inspire trust and confidence in how we serve our clients in this digital age.”
Her appointment to lead the cluster is also the first time a woman has been appointed to any of EY’s regions in Africa. The East Africa cluster comprises Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania.
Last week EY announced the appointment of its first female partners in Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the UAE.