Safaricom appoints Michael Joseph new board chairman

Incoming Safaricom Chairman Michael Joseph/ COURTESY

As anticipated, Safaricom has appointed Michael Joseph as its the board chairman to succeed Nicholas Nganga, who proceeds on retirement.

Nganga has chaired the board for 13 years.

Safaricom CEO Peter Ndegwa on Thursday said Joseph will take over from August 1 to ‘improve customer sentiment, greater brand consideration and to bolster the firm’s digital transformation agenda.’

“He brings a wealth of skills and industry knowledge given his contribution to the growth of Safaricom from very humble beginnings to becoming one of the most innovative, influential and profitable companies in the East African region,” Ndegwa said in a statement.

Joseph took over as CEO in acting capacity from July 2, 2019 to March 31, 2020 following the death of Bob Collymore.

He was the first CEO for the telco from July 2000 until his retirement in November 2010.

He is also Vodafone’s Strategic Advisor appointed to the Boards of Vodacom Group South Africa, Vodacom Tanzania and Vodacom Mozambique, and also chairs the Kenya Airways board.

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