Patricia Ithau is a graduate of the University of Nairobi (B Com Hons) and the United States International University (MBA). She is also a graduate of the Strathmore/IESE Business Schools Advanced Management Program.
She began her professional career with household and foods multi-national Unilever – then East Africa Industries Ltd after completion of her undergraduate degree. She spent 15 years in the business working in various capacities and different countries culminating in her role as the Marketing Director, for the East African Business. After leaving Unilever in January 2005, she joined the leading alcoholic beverage company East African Breweries Ltd in February 2005 as the Marketing Director. She held this role for 3 years before being appointed Managing Director – for Uganda Breweries Ltd for a year and then Managing Director of EABL International, both subsidiaries of the company. She left EABL in March 2011 to head L’Oreal East Africa Ltd, the new subsidiary of the French Multi-National Beauty company as its Managing Director.
She is a Fellow of the Marketing Society of Kenya, an Advisory Board Member of Strathmore Business School, a Board Member of the Kenya Tourism Board and the Chairperson of the Nairobi Women’s Hospital.