Kris Senanu leaving Safaricom, less than a year after joining the telco

Less than a year after joining Safaricom from Telkom Kenya as the Chief Enterprise Business Officer, Kris Senanu is set to leave the telco at the end of this month, with his last day being Tuesday May 31, 2022.

Safaricom, in a media release, stated that Senanu had made the decision to pursue other interests outside the telco.

“I would like to announce that our Chief Enterprise Business Officer, Kris Senanu, has made the decision to pursue other interests outside Safaricom. His last working day is 31 May 2022,” said Peter Ndegwa, CEO, Safaricom.

(TOP: Kris Senanu).

Kris joined Safaricom in June 2021 from Telkom Kenya and has been instrumental in implementing Safaricom’s Enterprise Business Unit’s first Mission, and development of the division’s second Mission.

“During his time, he has re-established and enhanced Safaricom as a leader in the Enterprise space, grown the mobility business, and initiated digital transformation initiatives to enable SME DIY platforms. Kris has also worked to reduce the Enterprise Fixed churn,” added Ndegwa. “As he embarks on the next phase of his career, I would like to thank Kris for his leadership and contribution to Safaricom.”

Following Kris’ imminent departure, Safaricom has announced that Joseph Wanjohi will act as interim Chief Enterprise Business Officer from 1st June 2022 as the telco initiate the relevant talent sourcing process to identify its next Enterprise Business Unit leader.

Wanjohi joined Safaricom in 2003 as the Sector Manager for Manufacturing and Energy. Since then, he has held various roles as Senior Manager Multinationals, Corporate Sales, Energy, Media and ICT before being appointed to his current role of Head of Enterprise Sales in 2017. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Marketing.

Just like we have ‘one-club’ men in football, it can be said that Senanu has been a ‘one-company’ man, a feeling one can get by tracing his paths in the corporate arena and management roles. After starting off his career at the now defunct Swift Global as the Sales and Marketing Manager in 1999, Senanu then moved to Access Kenya (now Dimension Data) in early 2001 in a similar role.

It’s at Access Kenya where he’d his longest stint, staying with the company till mid 2016, before settling and staying loyal to the brand for about 16 years. After holding the Sales and Marketing role for almost 3 years, Senanu was then named MD of Access Kenya in September 2008, a position he’d serve in for over 5 years till early 2014 when he was made Group Deputy CEO following the acquisition of the firm by Internet Solutions, part of Dimension Data. From here, he moved to Telkom Kenya as the MD of the Enterprise unit in mid 2016.


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