Safaricom Names Michael Joseph New Board Chair, Long-serving Ng’ang’a Retires

Safaricom Names Michael Joseph New Board Chair, Long-serving Ng'ang'a Retires

Safaricom PLC CEO ( Interim), Michael Joseph and Safaricom PLC Board Chairman, Nicholas Ng’ang’a addressing journalist during the 2019 Safaricom Annual General Meeting Press Briefing held at Bomas of Kenya.

Michael Joseph is the new Safaricom’s Chairman of the Board with effect from 1st August 2020 following the retirement of current long-serving Chairman Mr. Nicholas Nganga.

The telecommunication company announced the organizational change Thursday. 

Michael takes over from Mr. Nicholas Nganga who has been the chairman of the board since 2007. 

Mr. Nganga joined the Board in May 2004 and was elected Chairman in January 2007. He has steered the company through various milestones over the 13 years he was at the helm. 

During his tenure as chairman. Mr. Nganga has been instrumental for the monumental growth that the telco has experienced.

Mr. Nganga has been instrumental for the monumental growth that the telco has experienced.

Shareholder Value

Mr. Nganga took up the leadership reins at a time when the government was starting the process of offering 25% of its shares to the public through the Nairobi Securities Exchange in 2008. He has managed to grow shareholder value by 607% since listing.  Safaricom market capitalization at KES 1.075 trillion is worth 50% of all the listed firms on the NSE.

Customer Growth

At the time of his appointment as Chairman, Safaricom had slightly over 6 million customers, 1,000 employees and only 8 Safaricom shops across the country. Mr. Nganga retires from the telco that now serves over 35.6 million customers, across 50 shops and hundreds of service desks across the country, with a staff force of over 6,500 employees.

He led the board in overseeing the rapid network development in the country, having started with 3G upgrading on his appointment at a cost of Kshs 1B. In his last financial year as chairman, Safaricom announced an investment of Kshs 36B to expand its network coverage.

Safaricom Names Michael Joseph New Board Chair, Long-serving Ng'ang'a Retires
Safaricom’s current long-serving Chairman Mr. Nicholas Nganga.

Safaricom and Community

Under his leadership, Mr. Nganga has steered Safaricom into ensuring diversity and inclusion in all that we do. This commitment has seen the staff gender distribution stand at 51% women and 49% men whilst in management we have 35% women and 65% men.

On inclusion, we have 131 staff with various disabilities representing about 2.4% of the staff population.  Out of this, 53% are women and 47% are men. 

“Mr. Nganga has led the organization in line with its purpose to ‘Transform Lives’.  Together with the Board, he was instrumental in helping the quick adoption of this purpose across all of Safaricom. 

Through the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Safaricom is and has been committed to delivering connectivity and innovative products and services that will provide unmatched solutions to meet the needs of Kenyans by enabling access through its technologies and partners and by exploring opportunities in Health, Education and Energy.

We sincerely thank Mr Nganga for his dedication, counsel, commitment and leadership in the Board over the years,” said Peter Ndegwa Chief Executive Officer, Safaricom.

Safaricom Names Michael Joseph New Board Chair

Micheal Joseph also served as the telco’s CEO in an acting capacity following the death of Bob Collymore in July 2019.

Ndegwa was picked to replace Collymore from April 1 this year.

“Michael is not a stranger to the Safaricom family… and joins with a mandate to improve customer sentiment, greater brand consideration and to bolster our digital transformation agenda,” Mr Ndegwa said.

“I look forward to continuing working with Michael in his new role.”

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