Jemimah Ndegwa has praised her husband Peter Ndegwa for landing the appointment as the new Safaricom CEO effective April 1, 2020.
Safaricom announced on Thursday that Ndegwa will take over from Michael Joseph who is currently serving as the Company’s CEO in an acting capacity. Michael took control following the death of the late Bob Collymore, who succumbed to cancer on July 1, 2019.
Ndegwa is currently the Managing Director of Diageo Continental Europe where he oversees the operation of the firm in over 50 countries. He has over 25 years experience of serving in various top roles including CEO Guinness Nigeria PLC and Guinness Ghana Breweries PLC.
The elated Jemimah, in a Facebook post full of praise, lauded Ndegwa as hardworking, committed and an honest professional.
She said that her husband’s risk to take on challenging markets has finally been rewarded with the appointment to head East and Central Africa’s most profitable company.
“My dear, you always tell me that there is no short-cut to real and lasting success. Your appointment is proof that hard work, commitment, and integrity pay off.
“I have experienced first-hand the long hours and your commitment to self and others to achieve great things.
“You have taken risks – going to challenging markets but the experience you have gained, sets you apart,” she said.
Jemimah added that he has trust that Ndegwa will upload the virtues of integrity and humility in his new role.
“I know, just as has been the case, integrity and humility will continue to be your trademark in this role,” she stated adding that “your family will continue to support you and pray for you.”
Ndegwa started his career at Pricewaterhouse Cooper where he worked for 11 years. He is an accountant by profession and holds an MBA from London Busines School, as well as a Bachelors Degree in Economics from the University of Nairobi.
While announcing his appointment, Safaricom Chairman Nicholas Nganga said the company is confident the appointee will carry its vision of transforming lives while keeping it focussed on meeting its customers’ needs.