NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 3 – Former ICT Permanent Secretary Bitange Ndemo has been appointed as a non-executive member on the Board of Safaricom.
Ndemo served as the Permanent Secretary of Kenya’s Ministry of ICT between 2005 to 2013 where he initiated several transformative projects including infrastructural and development programs, as well as marketing Kenya as a destination for Business Processing Outsourcing.
He currently lectures on entrepreneurship and research methods at the University of Nairobi’s Business School.
Most of his research centers on the link between ICT and small and medium enterprises in Kenya.
Ndemo has been appointed alongside Vivek Badrinath who will represent Vodafone Kenya Limited, with effect from 12 January 2017.
Serpil Timuray resigned from the Board of Directors’ with effect from the same date.
“Both Board members will bring vast talent and understanding of the global business landscape, as well as unique insights into the world of telecommunications to our business. Our Board will be enriched by their knowledge which will enhance Safaricom’s ability to navigate an increasingly multifaceted industry,” said Nicholas Ng’ang’a, Safaricom Chairman.
Badrinath is the current CEO, AMAP Region for Vodafone having joined Vodafone and the Executive Committee as CEO of AMAP in October 2016.
In his current role, he oversees Vodafone’s operations in the Vodacom Group, India, Australia, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Qatar, New Zealand and Turkey.
Prior to that, he was the Deputy Chief Executive at the international hospitality group Accor Hotels where he was responsible for marketing, digital solutions, distribution and information systems.
He was also previously Deputy Chief Executive with Orange and has a long career in telecommunications, Technology, and Enterprise Services within Orange.