Bitange Ndemo, Vivek Badrinath join Safaricom’s board of directors




Safaricom has announced the appointment of two new Directors to the company’s board. At the Board of Directors’ meeting held on March 2, 2017, the Board approved the appointment of Mr Vivek Badrinath as a director of the Company representing Vodafone Kenya Limited, with effect from January 12 , 2017 following the resignation of Ms. Serpil Timuray from the Board of Directors’ with effect from the same date.

The Board also appointed Dr Bitange Ndemo as a non-executive and independent director of the Company with effect from March 2, 2017. Badrinath and Ndemo are seasoned telecoms professionals.

(TOP: Dr Bitange Ndemo).

“Both Board members will bring vast talent and understanding of the global business landscape, as well as unique insights into the world of telecommunications to our business. Our Board will be enriched by their knowledge which will enhance Safaricom’s ability to navigate an increasingly multifaceted industry,” said Nicholas Ng’ang’a, Safaricom Chairman.

Badrinath is the current CEO, AMAP Region (which consists of Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific) for Vodafone having joined Vodafone and the Executive Committee as CEO of AMAP in October 2016. In his current role, he oversees Vodafone’s operations in the Vodacom Group, India, Australia, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Qatar, New Zealand and Turkey.

Prior to that, he was the Deputy CEO at the international hospitality group AccorHotels where he was responsible for marketing, digital solutions, distribution and information systems. He was previously Deputy CEO with Orange and has a long career in telecos, Technology, and Enterprise Services within Orange.  Between 2000 and 2004, he ran the Indian operations of Thomson.  He was a Board member of Nokia between 2014 and 2016. Badrinath is a recipient of the French National Order of Merit and was appointed a member of the National Digital Council by the President of France.

Dr Ndemo is a noted ICT industry expert who currently lectures on entrepreneurship and research methods at the University of Nairobi’s Business School. Most of his research centers on the link between ICT and SME’s in Kenya. Prior to that role, Ndemo served as the PS at the Ministry of Information and Communication between 2005 to 2013. During his tenure in Government, he initiated several transformative projects including infrastructural and development programs, as well as marketing Kenya as a destination for Business Processing Outsourcing. He has spent more than two decades in the classroom and lecture halls with over 20 years of experience lecturing at the university level.




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