During the introduction, Airtel Africa Executive Operations Director Christophe Soulet said: “Dr Naikuni is a true industry leader and a dedicated servant of the people of Kenya noting his exceptional reputation for excellence and success as a leader in different sectors of the economy,” he said.
“Dr Naikuni’s extensive experience gained from high-level advisory boards will bring immense knowledge, insights and fresh perspective to our company and our quest for customer delight. I am confident that Dr Naikuni’s tenure on the board of Airtel Kenya will be instrumental in helping us grow our business to greater heights in Kenya,” he added.
On his part, Dr Naikuni said: “Airtel has a great opportunity for growth in the telecommunications industry in Kenya and is already developing that excellent reputation with its customers. I look forward to learn and to work with the entire Airtel team to identify new market opportunities for future growth.”
Dr Naikuni, has had extensive boardroom experience having previously served on various company boards, including as a member of the board of Brunner Mond (South Africa), Chairman of the Kenya Power & Lighting Company, Chairman of Housing Finance Company Limited, Board member of CFC Bank, Board member of Heritage Insurance, Board member of the Kenya Airways Group of Companies and on the IATA Board of Governors, amongst others.
He is currently a board member of Maersk Kenya Ltd, Access Kenya Ltd, East Africa Portland Cement Company, Precision Air Tanzania, deputy Chairman of Magadi Soda Company Ltd, a member of Lafarge International Advisory Board and Chancellor South Eastern Kenya University.
He received the Manager of the Year Award for Kenya in 2002.