Kenya’s Safaricom appoints new chairman

Advocate Adil Arshed Khawaja has been elected the new Board Chairman of Kenya’s telecom operator Safaricom.

According to the telecom company, Khawaja’s appointment follows John Ngumi’s resignation from the operator in December. Khawaja, who joined the board as a non-executive director in December, is the Managing Partner at Dentons Hamilton Harrison & Mathews, the oldest law firm in Kenya.

He is also an advocate of the High Court of Kenya with more than 30 years of work experience and previously served on boards of other Kenyan firms.

Safaricom CEO Peter Ndegwa said that among the projects he will help lead at Safaricom is the scaling up of operations in neighbouring Ethiopia after the launch of its network last year.

“Khawaja is recognised as a leading name in the Kenyan legal profession and has been globally recognised in various practice groups as one of the most sought-after lawyers in Kenya,” Ndegwa added.

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