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Simba Corporation is an integrated business group headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya with controlling interests in diversified fields as motor sales and service, assembly, hospitality, finance and real estate. 

Founded in 1948 by Mr. Abdul Karim Popat, we have grown from a modest used-car sales enterprise into one of Kenya's foremost diversified business groups. Our rich heritage in the motor and hospitality industries enables us to provide world-class solutions at every touchpoint.

vision

To be a trusted, innovative, and diversified world-class Pan-African corporation.

Mission

To establish a Pan-African corporation that creates value for our customers, employees, investors, partners and suppliers by nurturing mutually beneficial relationships, efficient operations and financial prudence.

Our Values

Integrity

Integrity is the bedrock of our company. We are consistent, honest and we keep our word.

Accountability

We are accountable to our stakeholders and we will be responsible for all corporate actions.

Stewardship

All actions and decisions will be made with full integrity with a view to protecting our stakeholders. We strive to promote a conducive environment for our customers and employees

People

From our employees to our customers, people are the foundation of our business. Respect and dignity are at the forefront of all our interactions.

Innovation

We thrive on innovative approaches to existing products, processes, and ideas. This has been a critical instrument to our sustained success.

Relationships

Relationships are the basis of our business at Simba Corp. We aspire to maintain trusted relationships with all our stakeholders.

Entrepreneurship

We are go getters. We aspire to be entrepreneurial in all aspects of our business.

Our story

Follow Simba Corporation’s journey from the late 40’s, through Kenya’s golden age to become one of the most successful homegrown entities in the field of motor vehicle sales & service. By preserving the unique aspects of our heritage, we have diversified into the fields of assembly, hospitality, finance and trade.

2021

SimbaCorp
  • Launched the Nairobi Street Kitchen
  • Acquired Ashok Leyland Franchise

2020

SimbaCorp
  • Commenced local assembly of Mahindra pick-ups, launched by H.E. the President at State House Nairobi
  • Launched local assemly and distribution of Proton, launched by H.E. the President at AVA Mombasa

2019

SimbaCorp
  • Acquired the Proton franchise
  • Acquired the Fieldking franchise

2018

SimbaCorp
  • Naresh Leekha appointed as Group Managing Director-Motor Division

2017

SimbaCorp
  • Completed the acquisition of Associated Vehicle Assemblers (AVA) as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Simba Corporation
  • Acquired 35% stake in Hemingways Group of hotels
  • Adil Popat named Executive Chairman and Dinesh Kotecha appointed as Group CEO

2016

SimbaCorp
  • Opened the state of the art Aspire Centre in Westlands, Nairobi

2015

SimbaCorp
  • Opened Acacia Premier Hotel Kisumu
  • Acquired the SAME franchise

2014

SimbaCorp
  • Acquired the Renault franchise

2013

SimbaCorp
  • Opened Villa Rosa Kempinski

2012

SimbaCorp
  • Acquired Mahindra Franchise
  • Opened Olare Mara Kempinski

2011

SimbaCorp
  • Simba Colt Kisumu branch opened

2010

SimbaCorp
  • Acquired AVIS Franchise
  • Established Simba Corporation as the Group’s Entity

2008

SimbaCorp
  • Acquired majority shareholding in Africa Fleet Management Solutions (AFMS)
  • Aquired the BMW franchise"

2007

SimbaCorp
  • Mr. Adil Popat named CEO

2001

SimbaCorp
  • Acquired Fuso Franchise

1997

SimbaCorp
  • Founded Power Systems Division, Opened Simba Colt Mombasa Branch

1981

SimbaCorp
  • Separated from CMC Motors and established Simba Colt Motors

1968

SimbaCorp
  • Acquired Mitsubishi Franchise

1948

SimbaCorp
  • Founded by Mr. Abdul Karim Popat as a used car dealership, Deluxe Motors Ltd. in Nairobi on Koinange Street.
 

leadership Team

Executive Directors

Simba Corp: Adil Popat
Adil Popat
Group Executive Chairman
Simba Corp: Dinesh Kotecha
Dinesh Kotecha
Group CEO
Simba Corp: Madatali Premji
Madatali Premji
Technical Director

Non-Executive Directors

Simba Corp: Paul Kavuma
Paul Kavuma
Simba Corp: Linus W. Gitahi
Linus W. Gitahi
Simba Corp: Agnes Gathaiya
Agnes Gathaiya
Simba Corp: Salim Suleman
Salim Suleman

Management Team

Simba Corp: Naresh Leekha
Naresh Leekha
Managing Director, Motor Division
Simba Corp: Rita Mwangi
Rita Mwangi
General Manager - Legal, Compliance & HR
Simba Corp: Thomas Baertl
Thomas Baertl
Chief Operating Officer, Hospitality
Simba Corp: Suraj Shah
Suraj Shah
Chief Financial Officer
Simba Corp: Matt Lloyd
Matt Lloyd
Managing Director, Associated Vehicle Assemblers

Our Network

    Corporate

  • Simba Corp Aspire Centre

motor

  • Simba Corp Motors Head Office
  • Simba Corp Motors Truck & Bus Service Facility
  • Simba Colt Motors Mombasa Branch
  • Simba Colt Motors Narok Branch
  • Simba Corp Motor Division Kisii Branch
  • Simba Corp Motor Division Kisumu Branch
  • Simba Corp Motor Division Mombasa Branch
  • Simba Corp Motor Division Nyeri Branch
  • Xylon Complex
  • Simba Corp Pre-Delivery Inspection Facility
  • Jeet Investments 2017-Kericho
  • Mt. Kenya Trucks – Meru
  • Plateau Motors- Machakos
  • Multiline Motors – Thika
  • Multiline Motors – Nairobi HQ
  • Automobile Warehouse
  • Crater Automobiles – Kisumu
  • Crater Automobiles – Eldoret
  • Crater Automobiles – Nairobi
  • Crater Automobiles – Nakuru-HQ
  • Asmi Motors- Marsabit

hospitality

  • Simba Corp Aspire Center
  • Acacia Premier Hotel
  • Nairobi Street Kitchen
  • Fika Bistro
  • UVA Wines
  • Villa Rosa Kempinski
  • Olare Mara Kempinski
  • Hemingways Nairobi
  • Hemingways Watamu
  • Ol Seki Hemingways Mara

    Assembly

  • AVA Mombasa