Rita Okuthe leaves Safaricom in new management changes

Her departure follows her appointment as the chairperson of the Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC) and a director of ICDC on August 7, 2020.

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“To allow her to give more attention to the two appointments, Rita will be leaving Safaricom on November 30, 2020,” said Peter Ndegwa in a memo to staff seen by Business Daily.

Ms Okuthe will however continue to serve as a trustee of Safaricom Foundation, the telco’s CSR unit.

At Safaricom, Okuthe has been responsible for leading the enterprise transformation to deliver business platforms for Corporates, SMES, Government and Farmers as well as e-Commerce. She was in charge of M-Agribusiness, Masoko, Enterprise Sales, Channels & Operations and Wholesale services.

She joined Safaricom in August 2009 as Head of Consumer Segments, a role in which she proved over the years to be invaluable in driving voice revenues through her great understanding of the consumer behaviour.

Apart from Safaricom, Okuthe has had a long stint in the telecoms industry, serving in various roles at MTN Uganda and Etisalat Group in Tanzania at the beginning of her career.

The latest changes have also seen the telco reorganise its management team with the goal of transforming the company into a technology-focused firm.

The information technology (IT) and Network departments have been merged into Technology and Information Organisation to be headed by Morten Bangsgaard, who’s appointment takes effect on January 1, 2021. He has more than 26 years of experience in various technology roles in the telecoms industry. He joins Safaricom from Maxis, Malaysia where he held a similar role from February 2014.

The Home and Business Fibre units have been merged into Fixed Business and will be led by a director who will be appointed at a later date.

The company has also created a new position, Head of Productivity, that will be responsible for cutting costs to free up more resources to be invested in new revenue streams.

“We have initiated the talent sourcing process for the two roles and successful candidates will be announced in due course,” Ndegwa stated in the memo.

The latest changes have been necessitated by the company’s strategic vision which places greater emphasis on the technology, network and fixed internet business. They are also the first major changes introduced by Peter Ndegwa since he took over as CEO in April this year.

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