Broadcast Media Africa has learnt that Safaricom Kenya board chairman John Ngumi has resigned from his role six months after his appointment in July last year.
A statement from the telco indicated that Ngumi’s resignation took effect on December 22, and a new Chairman will be elected in the coming weeks.
BMA understands that Ngumi leaves the Board to focus on developing green energy generation across Africa with an emphasis on green hydrogen.
A statement signed by Company Secretary Kathryne Maundu read, “In the brief period following his appointment to the Board, John has provided a wealth of industry knowledge and vast expertise. In addition, he has steered the Company through a general election and supported the entrenchment of our purpose of transforming lives through our products and services and within the communities we serve.”
Maundu stated that John strongly supported and ensured the repositioning of the Fuliza product to better serve Kenyans.
“He was also an ardent enthusiast for Safaricom’s entry into Ethiopia.”
Safaricom also revealed the appointment of Adil Arshed Khawaja (MBS) as a Director in Safaricom PLC with effect from December 22, as part of the new board changes.
It is worth noting that the appointment, which the Board approved of the Directors on January 5, is subject to regulatory approval.
Adil Arshed Khawaja is a highly distinguished Advocate of the High Court of Kenya with over 30 years of legal experience in the legal profession, from dispute resolution to commercial and real estate.
He currently serves as the Managing Partner at Dentons Hamilton Harrison & Mathews. He also holds board positions in various markets, including Rhino Ark Charitable Trust, Al Futtaim Automotive-CMC Motors Group Limited and Atua Enkop Africa Limited.
Previously, Khawaja served as a director of KCB Bank Group from 2012 and was elected the first chairman of KCB Bank Konya Limited from 2016 until 2020, when his tenure ended.