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CCK Board suggests 3 names for top job

NAIROBI, July 14 – The Communications Commission of Kenya Board has presented the names of John Omo, Charles Njoroge and Nashon Awayo to the Minister for Information and Communication Samuel Poghisio for consideration as the Director General of the Commission.

Omo is the Commission Secretary and Head of Legal affairs at the CCK, where he has been involved in developing the new licensing regime presently under discussion in the industry.

Njoroge is the current Director of Competition, Tariffs and Market Analysis at the CCK, where he has played a crucial role in overseeing the renegotiation of interconnection charges between rivals Telkom Kenya, Safaricom and Celtel.

Engineer Awayo, on the other hand, is a former Telkom Kenya employee.

The three were short listed from a list of 47 candidates that applied for the position.

Last week, Poghisio had indicated that he would be announcing the name of the new Director General this week.

The appointment would be a culmination of two months of intensive head-hunting for the new boss, following the retirement of the immediate former Director General (DG) John Waweru, who had served for a period of three years.

Waweru was appointed DG and Chief Executive Officer of the CCK on May 15, 2005.

Until his appointment, he served as Managing Director of the state-owned fixed telecommunications utility, Telkom Kenya.

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Peris Nkonge, who until her appointment, was the Finance and Accounts Director at the CCK has been handling the DG\’s docket in an acting capacity.

A consultancy firm, Ernest and Young, was contracted to search for Waweru’s replacement and has been headhunting for the new DG on behalf of CCK.

First on the new DG\’s to do list will be how to continue managing the transition of the industry as it evolves in line with its rapid growth.

In 2003, the start of a liberalisation wave within the telecommunications industry meant mobile network connections grew by 81 percent. Five years ago, there were just 1.6 million mobile subscribers, with five percent tele-density.

Today, that number stands at 11.4 million subscribers, with over twenty percent tele-density.

An immediate challenge for the new DG will be to maintain that growth while addressing the entry of two new players – Telkom Kenya and Econet – to ensure fair play among players.

In his last press interview, Waweru said the five essential qualities of an effective Director General were “being highly receptive, decisive, learned, thick-skinned and sporty individual, keen to take the unenviable task of acting referee to the most transformative industry."

It’s now the Minister’s discretion to pick one of the three candidates short-listed for the position.

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