After just 1 year and 4 months, Levi Nyakundi has left Airtel Kenya where he was the Marketing Director and joined telecom industry rival Telkom Kenya as the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO).
Nyakundi moved to Airtel Kenya from Airtel Tanzania where he had been serving in a similar position of Marketing Director. At Airtel Kenya, he was charged with the lead responsibility of driving the telco’s ambitious business growth and effective implementation of its consumer-led marketing goals and strategy.
(TOP: Airtel Kenya CEO Adil El Youssefi – left – and Levi Nyakundi during the launch of UnlimiNet 20 Daily Bundle in January last year).
Airtel Kenya CEO Adil El Youssefi was all praises for Nyakundi upon his appointment in July 2015, stating that his “wealth of experience is key to delivering the company’s vision of transforming the business by connecting consumers to each other, empowering them to create opportunities, dream big, and live well.”
“We are absolutely delighted to have Levi in our management team. His previous experience within the telecommunications industry means that he has a holistic view of the market, from strategy formulation to execution that will allow Airtel to develop and deliver its strategic marketing objectives quickly and efficiently in our fast and competitive sector in Kenya,” said the Airtel Kenya CEO.
But less than 2 years at Airtel Kenya, he left the firm in October last year before joining Telkom Kenya in December 2016.
By leaving Airtel Kenya, Nyakundi has also bid goodbye to the Airtel Group which has been his employer for almost 8 years having joined the Airtel Group in December 2008 when he moved to Airtel Uganda as Marketing Director from Uganda Telecom.
However, Nyakundi‘s departure from Airtel Kenya maybe a pointer to deeper issues and challenges facing the firm as he’s not the only member of the C-Suite to have quit the telco in recent months.
Dick Omondi, who was the telco’s Corporate Affairs Director, quit in July last year and moved to Audimu, a new marketing, corporate relations and PR startup based in Nairobi as an Associate while Abdallah Khamis, who joined the firm in April 2015 as Commercial Director has also left. Another high-level exit in the course of last year was that of the Customer Service Director.
And to continue with its staff restructuring exercise which began in 2015 with sending home of 500 employees and continued in early last where when a further 60 staff left the firm in the next phase of the layoffs, there are already rumours to the effect that Airtel Kenya is again set to “sack so many people this January,” according to a credible source.
The current CEO Adil El Youssefi’s 3-year contract is also ending this year and it’s uncertain whether it will be renewed by the board.