Clare Ruto returns to telcoms industry, joins Telkom Kenya as head of Regulatory Affairs

In a move meant to further boost its management ranks, Telkom Kenya has announced more executive appointments. Among the new appointees joining the telco’s C-Suite is Clare Ruto, who has been appointed as Chief Legal and Regulatory Affairs Officer, thereby making her return to the telecoms industry after a stint at payTV service provider Multichoice.  Nicholas Mruttu has been appointed as the firm’s Chief Sales Officer, Mobile Division.

Ms Ruto has over 20 years’ experience in the legal and regulatory environment in Africa with demonstrable experience in formulation and successful implementation of strategy. She has previously served in similar role at Safaricom as well as Celtel Kenya (now Airtel Kenya) where she held various positions – Company Secretary and Director Regulatory Affairs, Regional Regulatory Affairs Director for Celtel International B.V. in charge of 6 operations and Corporate Affairs Director for Celtel Kenya.

(TOP: Clare Ruto, Telkom Kenya new head of Regulatory Affairs and below Nicholas Mruttu, the telco’s new head of Sales, Mobile Division).

Until her appointment, Clare was the GM for Regulatory Affairs, East Africa at Multichoice Africa where she was responsible for providing strategic direction for the region on regulatory issues. She was also part of the team involved in shaping policy direction in Africa and in particular, the various East African countries during the digital migration and analogue switch off period on the continent.

Ms Ruto has also worked at the Communications Commission of Kenya (now the Communications Authority of Kenya – CA) which she joined from the Kenya Posts and Telecommunications Corporation (KPTC).

She holds a certified advanced Master’s Management Program from the London Business School, a Bachelor of Law from the University of Leeds, England and a Bachelor of Education from Kenyatta University. She is also a certified Public Secretary and an advocate of the High Court of Kenya.

Nicholas Mruttu, Telkom Kenya’s new Chief Sales Officer for the Mobile Division has held senior leadership roles in the telecom and FMCG sectors, most recently with Safaricom and Coca-Cola Kenya where he was responsible for Customer acquisition, Distribution and Trade Marketing; Strategy and Business Performance and Consumer Marketing respectively. He has also worked with British American Tobacco (BAT) where he served in various capacities: Head of Trade in Angola, Trade Marketing and Development Manager in Mozambique and Marketing Operations Manager in Kenya.

He holds a Global MBA from the United States International University Africa (USIU-A) and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Sociology from the University of Nairobi.

The new management appointments come just weeks after the telco appointed Levi Nyakundi as its new CMO.