Peter Ndegwa was announced as the new Safaricom CEO, taking over the reigns from Michael Joseph. According to a previous report on The Sauce, Company Secretary Kathyrne Maudu released a statement confirming CEO Michael Joseph would take over as interim CEO after the sudden death of Collymore on July 1st 2019. Peter Ndegwa has big shoes to fill as the new kid on the block.
Here are a few things you should know about Peter Ndegwa:
1.He went to the prestigious Starehe Boys High School.
The Starehe Boys High is known for its focus on academics and discipline. The all-boys schools was founded in 1959 by Dr. Geoffrey William Griffin and has been credited with molding the young minds of various key figures including leaders including politicians Raphael Tuju and Peter Kenneth.
2. He is a well-educated comrade , with several academic qualifications.
Newly instated Safaricom CEO is a learned man. According to The Kenyan WallStreet, the executive has an academic background in accounting. He has earned an MBA from the London Business School and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Nairobi.
3. Peter Ndegwa is a family man.
Peter Ndegwa is a father of one, according to a recent report and is married to Jemimah Ndegwa.
4. He has a global perspective.
In his career so far, Mr. Ndegwa has worked in various capacities in various global corporations. He brings valuable experience from his time at Guinness Breweries in Ghana and Nigeria under Diagio Europe, he also had a 2-year as well as working locally with East African Breweries.
5. He is a strategic thinker.
Taking over from the late Bob Collymore and Michael Joseph, it goes without saying that the bar is set high for Mr. Ndegwa. However, with tonnes of experience, he is up to the task. With the telecommunication organization under strain due to the effects of Coronavirus, Mr. Ndegwa is expected to follow through on new strategies that will mitigate the effects of the novel virus on the corporation’s bottom line.
According to Business Daily, Mr. Ndegwa’s philosophy is pragmatic. “I like getting things done. The best strategy is about solving the problems of our customers and this is part of my DNA. I also like things simple,” he said.
Though it is a tough time to take on the role of Chief Executive, Safaricom’s Peter Ndegwa is set to work through the kinks to improve profitability despite the competitive market.