Safaricom board chairman John Ngumi has resigned from the role barely 6 months after his appointment in July last year,to pursue green energy development across Africa.
According to a statement from the telco, Ngumi’s resignation took effect on December 22 and a new Chairman will be elected in the coming weeks.
“In the brief period following his appointment to the Board, John has provided a wealth of industry knowledge and vast expertise. He has steered the Company through a general election and supported the entrenchment of our purpose of transforming lives through our products and services as well as within the communities we serve,” read a statement signed by Company Secretary Kathryne Maundu.
In the statement, Safaricom also announced the appointment of Adil Arshed Khawaja as a non-executive director.
Following his appointment, Safaricom had locals at the helm for the first time in its history. He joined Peter Ndegwa, another Kenyan, who was appointed the Safaricom CEO in April 2020–marking the first time that the position and chairman were held by Kenyans concurrently.