Safaricom announced earlier this week that its alternate Director Vivek Badrinath had resigned after serving in that capacity for over three years.
Badrinath’s resignation took effect on the 20th of March 2020, and he has been replaced by Francesco Bianco. It was announced on Friday that Bianco had been appointed as the new Substantive Director of the company.
Vivek Badrinath joined Vodafone and its Executive Committee in October 2016.
He was responsible for all Vodafone’s operations within the Vodacom Group, Australia, India, Egypt, Kenya, New Zealand and Ghana.
In April 2019, Badrinath was appointed as the Interim CEO of Vodafone Business, responsible for Vodafone’s Business operations globally.
Before that, he had served as the Deputy Chief Executive at the global hospitality group AccorHotels where he was responsible for information systems, digital solutions, distribution and marketing.
He was previously the Deputy Chief Executive at Orange and has had a long, successful career in technology and telecommunications.
Badrinath will be moving on to a new job as the Chief Executive Officer of TowerCo, the Vodafone Group’s new European tower company.
These changes in Safaricom’s leadership are happening at a time when its new CEO is expected to begin his tenure.
In October 2019, Safaricom announced that Peter Ndegwa would become the future CEO of the company. He will be the first African man to head the leading telco in Kenya and East Africa.
Ndegwa will start the job on the 1st of April 2020, taking over from the interim CEO, Michael Joseph.