Who is Peter Ndegwa? A Look at Safaricom’s Newly Appointed CEO

Safaricom board of directors announced the appointment of Peter Ndegwa as the telcos CEO, Ndegwa is to take over as come April next year after the death of Bob Collymore. Ndegwa hopes to fill the shoes of former CEOs Bob and Michael Joseph and steer Safaricom to even greater heights.

Many never knew who Peter Ndegwa was before this, the internet especially twitter was a buzz immediately this announcement was made. So why him? Just who is Peter Ndegwa?

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Nairobi and an MBA from London Business school

He is currently the managing director of continental Europe at Diageo PLC. He has over 25 years’ experience in various roles within the financial services in Africa and Europe. He currently oversees operations of Diageo PLC in 50 countries spread across various continents.

He began his career as a consultant at Price Water House Coopers where he climber the ladder to accounting and later the consulting and corporate finance unit.

Peter Ndegwa and his wife

In 2004 he joined East African Breweries EABL where apart from being on the Board he worked Group Chief Finance Officer and director of strategy. The famous beer Senator Keg was one of his masterminds. He left EABL in 2011 and served as CEO at both Guinness Nigeria and Guinness Ghana Breweries for 7 years.

The announcement of his appointment comes 19 years after Safaricom started operations in Kenya, he is the first Kenyan to become the Telcos CEO. He is married to Jemima Ndegwa whom they have a son, Ryan Ndegwa.