A Kenyan national has made history after being appointed the new commissioner of Commerce and Insurance in the State of Tennessee.
42-year old Hodgen Mainda, according to a press statement sent to newsrooms on Monday, first moved to the U.S in 1997 as a rugby player.
He now becomes the first Kenyan to hold such a position in the State of Tennessee after working in government relations and business development roles in Nashville, Knoxville and Chattanooga.
Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, while making the announcement last week, said: ‘’Hodgen joins my cabinet after an outstanding career as a community leader in Chattanooga.”
“He is respected for his ability to build partnerships across multiple sectors and we welcome his leadership to such a multifaceted department like Commerce and Insurance.”
Hodgen’s father Dr. Steve Mainda serves as Board Chairman HF Group and Continental Reinsurance besides being a board member of Shelter Afrique.