Safaricom Appoints a Familiar Face as Network Director

Anthony Gacanja new safaricom Network Director

Safaricom today announced the appointment of Anthony Gacanja as their new Network Director. He is expected to take up his new role from 19 June 2023.

Anthony will be responsible for the design, build, rollout, performance, and enhancement of all network infrastructure for the telco. In his role as Network Director, he will be reporting to the Chief Technology & Information Officer (CTIO).

This is a crucial role charged with the delivery of quality and reliable service to Safaricom customers.

In his previous role, Anthony was the Director of Information Technology at the Central Bank of Kenya.

Of note, he boasts 20 years of experience in Information Technology Governance and Operations, Cyber Security, Information Risk Assurance, and Software Development.

At the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK), Anthony’s duties were to develop the Information Technology Strategy of the Institution and manage the IT team.   

Network Director is a Familiar Face at Safaricom

Anthony Gacanja is not new to Safaricom. Previously, he worked at the telco in a number of roles.

He was Head of the Department of Technology Security at Safaricom from 2014 to 2019. This was his last position before moving to the CBK. Additionally, he has served as Senior Manager – Corporate Information Security Officer (CISO) at the telco.

He is a graduate of the University of Nairobi

Needless to say, he returns to the telco under a different leadership. He also joins as Network Director at a time when the telco is rolling out 5G in its early phases.

The telco has close to 500k users on 5G and is rolling it out into more regions across the country.

In the past few months, Kenya’s leading telco added more than 100,000 users to its 5G network. Safaricom has now expanded its 5G network to 28 towns in 21 counties.

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