Safaricom’s Rita Okuthe Leaves Company

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Safaricom has gone through major leadership changes; in July 2019, former CEO Bob Collymore passed away, and he was replaced, temporarily, by first CEO and incoming Safaricom Board Chairman Michael Joseph.

MJ would later be replaced by Peter Ndegwa, who has been steering the operator since April 2020.

The company has since lost its CFO Sateesh Kamath who was elevated to a similar role at Vodafone, and was replaced by Ilana Darcy, albeit in acting capacity.


As of November 2020, the carrier has reorganized its management team. The changes have since been communicated to the company via a memo read by the Business Daily.

Effectively, Safaricom has merged its network and IT departments – and will be referred as technology and information organisation (CTIO).

The new unit will be led by Morten Bangsgaard.

Morten’s tenure will start in Jan 2021. This is not a new position for him; he has been doing the same thing in Malaysia for a while.

Perhaps the most notable development from the operator is that its long-serving Chief Enterprise Business Officer Rita Okuthe is exiting the company.

Rita will be replaced by Joseph Wanjohi in acting capacity.

She will be gone before December 2020.


Ndegwa says that ‘to allow her to give more attention to the two appointments, Rita will be leaving Safaricom on November 30, 2020.’

CEO Ndegwa adds that Rita’s replacements will be announced in due course. ‘To allow her to give more attention to the two appointments, Rita will be leaving Safaricom on November 30, 2020,’ says the CEO.


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