Safaricom appoints two new directors

Natalie Bannerman
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Safaricom restructures its management board following Vodacom's acquisition of 35% of the business

Safaricom has appointed two new directors, days after finalising the sale of 35% of its business to Vodacom, a subsidiary of Vodafone.

shameel joosub vodacom 160 x 186The Kenyan operator said Mohamed Shameel Aziz Joosub and Linda Watiri Muruiki are joining its board as non-executive directors, effective immediately. 

Joosub is the current CEO and executive director of the Vodacom Group and is a former CEO of Vodafone Spain, he also holds the position of chairman, of the Vodacom group executive committee. 

Linda Watiri Muruiki vodacom 160 x 186With over 27 years of experience, Muruiki is a senior partner at LJA Associates, where she is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya. Prior to that she served as a non-executive director of Old Mutual Life Assurance Company.

In addition, Gianluca Ventura, HR director for Africa, Middle East, Asia and Pacific at Vodafone, has recently resigned and is now alternate director for Vivek Badrinath. 

Till Streichert, the group chief finance officer and executive director of the Vodacom group, has also been named as an alternate director to Joosub.