In Kenya, Safaricom has announced the appointment of Cynthia Karuri-Kropac as the incoming Chief Enterprise Business Officer. As of 1 September 2022, Karuri-Kropac will take up the new position.
Karuri-Kropac is taking over from Joseph Wanjohi, who has been serving in the post in an acting capacity since May 2021. Wanjohi was appointed interim chief earlier in the year after incumbent Kris Senanu departed the telecom less than a year after joining. Kurari-Kropac is set to jump to Safaricom from US-based telecommunications group AT&T.
AT&T raked in revenues of US$156 billion according to their report for the year ending in June 2022. In comparison, Safaricom pulled in US$3.6 billion in revenue for the year ended in March 2022. Most of which was from its M-PESA fintech product.
Before her new appointment at Safaricom, Kurari-Kropac served as AT&T’s Senior Director, Enterprise Mobile and IoT Technologies. She had been with the US telecom operator for the last 19 years.
In a statement about the appointment, Safaricom said, “With over 20 years experience in the telecommunications sector, Cynthia Kurari-Kopac has a wealth of knowledge in various crafts, including business strategy, enterprise technology solutions, industrial IoT, executive advisory & decision support, operational excellence & process reengineering.”
Kurari-Kopac holds a Bachelor in Finance from the University of Toledo and an MBA specialising in Finance and Financial Management from Kent State University.