Safaricom CFO, Sateesh Kamath, has been appointed to the role of Chief Financial Officer Vodafone Business, effective 1st July 2020.
Sateesh will be reporting to Vinod Kumar, the current Chief Executive Officer Vodafone Business. He will also become a member of the Vodafone Group Finance Leadership Team. We will announce his successor in due course.
prior to his new appointment at Vodafone, Sateesh joined Safaricom PLC as CFO and Executive Director on the board on 1st August 2016 from Vodacom Tanzania Ltd, where he held a similar position.
He is credited with, among many other achievements, including helping to build Safaricom shareholders’ value by 50% to KES1.2 trillion. And improving business performance through Fit for Future Initiatives adding 6 percentage points on EBIT margin.
“In his four-year tenure at Safaricom, Sateesh has built his reputation as an outstanding finance expert in the region. A leader and a mentor, qualities that we at Safaricom have benefitted greatly from and we will deeply miss. He will leave behind a very strong team,” said Safaricom CEO Peter Ndegwa.
He played a key role in the completion of the acquisition of M-PESA Joint Venture from Vodafone and purchase of critical spectrum while ensuring efficient use of the company’s funds. Also, during his period at the company, he assumed broader responsibilities in navigating the company through the phase when Bob Collymore was on medical leave and through transitions thereafter.