The Safaricom board has resolved to appoint Peter Ndegwa as the company’s Chief Executive Officer effective April 1, 2020.
A statement from the board says Mr Ndegwa joins the telco from Diageo PLC where he is the Managing Director of Diageo Continental Europe.
According to the statement, “Peter oversees the operations of Diageo PLC in 50 countries in Western and Eastern Europe, Russia, Middle East and North Africa region. He had previously served for seven years as CEO in Guinness Nigeria PLC and Guinness Ghana Breweries PLC, where he transformed the two operations to deliver a double- digit growth by investing in people, introducing new brands and reorganising the businesses.”
Prior to that, adds the board, “Peter served for eight years across a range of senior Executive Director roles at EABL (a Diageo subsidiary) based in Nairobi. Serving as the Group Chief Finance Officer (CFO), Group Strategy Director, Sales Director, and as an Executive Director on the EABL Board, he was part of the team that saw the EABL business more than doubled in value – and winning the coveted Most Respected Business Award in East Africa for five years in a row.”Peter holds an MBA from the London Business School and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Nairobi. He is also a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK). The CEO’s post fell vacant after the death of the Guyana-born Bob Collymore on July 1, 2019, of cancer after which his predecessor and Kenya Airways chairman Michael Joseph was named as interim boss. Safaricom has reported a 14.7 per cent increase in net profit to Sh63.4 billion for the year ended March 2019. Service revenue grew by seven per cent to Sh240.3 billion derived largely from outgoing voice calls and Mpesa charges.