After we broke the story about Adil El Youssefi’s new appointment as Liquid Telecom Kenya CEO less than 12 hours ago, the firm – through its PR agency African Laughter – has today issued a statement confirming the same.
Regarding the role of the former CEO, the statement indicates that Ben Roberts will now assume the role of “board Chairman of Liquid Telecom Kenya and concentrate on his role as the Chief Technology Officer for Liquid Telecom Group, a position he has held since 2006,” a confirmation that puts our fears to rest as we were left wondering about the role he would now play at the firm with the coming in of a new CEO.
“I’ll be returning full time to the role of Chief Technical Officer with a considerably expanded network across Africa and a technology landscape that is advancing rapidly. My focus will be on running one Pan African network combined with innovation. Kenya is a perfect placed to be based due to its central African location and lively innovation scene. It is an honour to hand over the leadership of the Kenyan company to a CEO as experienced and accomplished as Adil,” said outgoing CEO Ben Roberts according to the statement.
Youssefi has over 15 years’ experience in senior management across Africa, Asia and Europe, with expertise in developing markets, leadership, and telecommunications, He contributed to double digit growth in the companies he led in Kenya, Ghana and Chad.
“Adil brings to Liquid Telecom Kenya his excellent track record of strong leadership, as well as his unique and incredible ability to understand the customers and the market in a way that sees him translate vision into winning strategy,” said Nic Rudnick, CEO of the Liquid Telecom Group.
Liquid Telecom Group has grown rapidly in recent years, building an extensive fibre network spanning 11 countries across Eastern, Central and Southern Africa. This network has grown from 13,000km in 2013 to 40,000km by 2017.The group acquired Kenya Data Networks (KDN) in 2013 and later rebranded it to Liquid Telecom Kenya.