Safaricom CTO Thibaud Rerolle will be leaving the company by the end of July 2019 for a similar position for Vodafone Turkey. Mr. Rerolle has been with Safaricom since December 2011. His tenure has been marked by great strides and achievements, which include his role in the launch of the carrier’s hugely successful overdraft facility named Fuliza.
Thibaud Rerolle’s experience in the telco business is solid, having spent 25 years in the industry. Prior to joining to Safaricom, he spent several years at Orange’s different markets in France, Brazil, and Spain under various capacities. Thibaud grew his portfolio after bagging the CTO role for Orange in the Dominica Republic.
According to Safaricom, Thibaud has been responsible for ‘leading technology to deliver a digital network and connected services to ensure a superior customer experience. He has been in charge of Network Planning & Design, Enterprise Technology, Digital IT, Converged Services, and Home Solutions.’
In a message circulated at Safaricom, CEO Bob Collymore lauded the exiting CTO for leading the team that relocated M-PESA servers from Germany to Kenya. He has lead teams that will see the rollout of the 400G backbone that will be installed by Chinese corporation Huawei, as well as modernizing customer registration exercise for M-PESA agents that should be launching in the near future.
Thibaud holds a Bachelor of Sciences Degree in Telecommunications Engineering with specialization in Networks from Telecom ParisTech (ENST). Safaricom is yet to reveal his replacement, yet.
This development comes roughly a month after Safaricom’s board extended CEO Bob Collymore’s tenure for another year. Previously, it was hinted that the CEO would leave the company in August amid pressure to replace him with a native.