After serving for almost 2 years as the GM for GSK with responsibility over 8 countries in Africa and Middle East, Debra Mallowah has moved on to the telcoms industry, joining Safaricom in a just created role of Chief of Business Development.
Ms Mallowah, who in her previous role was in charge of leading teams to develop and deliver high growth plans against key priorities, will her current position take charge of strategy and innovation, regional expansion and knowledge management (research and insights and big data) according to media reports.
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In her professional profile, Mallowah describes herself as a “highly accomplished top management professional with a track record of driving accelerated growth performance” with a “wealth of experience in management and marketing across Africa gained in leading blue chip companies with a strong presence in the continent.”
Prior to GSK, she served VP of the Personal Care division at Unilever and Group Marketing and Innovations Director of Diageo East Africa (East Africa Breweries).
The profile further states that she’s a “challenging and versatile leader with superior consumer and customer understanding and strong commercial acumen” and “builds teams focused on simplifying the agenda by focusing behind priorities, making choiceful decisions and driving a strong bias for action to drive sustainable growth” while “enjoying fresh challenges.”
Mallowah’s appointment follows the return of Sylvia Mulinge to Safaricom after her posting to Tanzania had to be quashed due to her inability to obtain a work permit.
Mallowah now becomes the third woman to sit on the telco’s C-Suite with the other being Ms Mulinge and Rita Okuthe. A fourth lady, Jannet Atika who also used to be a member of the senior management team, is no longer listed on the website.