Michael Joseph takes over as Safaricom chair

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Many people do not know much about the newly appointed Safaricom chairman Mr. Michael Joseph. Michael Joseph is a South African national, who first came to the limelight when he was appointed the first CEO of Safaricom, in the year 2000.

Michael Joseph served as the CEO of Safaricom from July 2000 to 2010, before Bob Collymore took over as the Company’s second CEO. Before Michael Joseph joined Safaricom, he was Director of Mobile Money at Vodafone Group Services Limited.

Michael Joseph was at the helm of Safaricom for ten years, and during his successful tenure as the CEO of Safaricom, he steered Safaricom PLC from 16000 thousand subscribers to over 16million subscribers.

I believe we will all agree that Michael Joseph has over the years build a successful career at Safaricom PLC. On the 6th March 2007, Michael Joseph was at the helm, and he oversaw the launch of M-Pesa, a mobile money transfer platform.

Michael Joseph was then replaced by Bob Collymore as CEO of Safaricom in 2010, who also steered to the company to expand, and to greater success from November 2010 to the time when he passed on in July 2019.

Michael Joseph was re-appointed to the post on an interim CEO in July following the demise of Bob Collymore, and pending the appointment of the new CEO.

Michael Joseph was replaced as interim CEO by Peter Ndegwa, who took over as Safaricom CEO from 1st April 2020.

     The CEO of Safaricom PLC Peter Ndegwa

Michael Joseph who is also the Kenya Airways Chairman has been appointed as the new chairman of Safaricom PLC effective 1st August 2020. He is taking over NicholasNg’ang’ a who will be completing his term by the end of July 2010.

Michael Joseph was also appointed by President Uhuru Kenyatta as the Vice-Chancellor of Maseno University.

Michael Joseph does not need an introduction to this position, and I believe he will do a tremendous job as the new Chairman of the board at Safaricom PLC.


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