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End of an era as Michael Joseph resigns from Safaricom board

Michael Joseph was the founding CEO of Safaricom before he joined the board

Michael Joseph posing for a photo

Safaricom has announced the resignation of Michael Joseph as a director in the company's board with effect from August 1, 2023.

Michael has served in various capacities within Safaricom since 2000 including serving as general manager, chief executive (twice), director as well as chairman of the board.

He has also served as a member and chairman of various committees of the Safaricom board.


Notably, Michael was the founding CEO of Safaricom, steering the company from a subscriber base of less than 18,000 in 2000 to over 17 million subscribers by his retirement in November 2010 making it the most successful company in East Africa.

"It is the deep foundation and connection with the communities that Michael developed that led to the phenomenal growth, development of innovative products and services, ensuring Safaricom became deeply embedded in every bit of our society," a statement from Safaricom read in part.

During his tenure, Michael oversaw the highly successful launch and phenomenal growth of M-PESA and its related services.

He also was behind the launch of both the Safaricom and M-PESA Foundations which have supported many projects throughout Kenya in education, health, culture and conservation to name a few.


Michael Joseph, together with the late Bob Collymore, launched the M-PESA Foundation Academy.

He has been integral to the important advances that Safaricom has made over the years, including the issuance of Safaricom's first Bond, the Initial Public Offer in 2007 and the branching out into Ethiopia.

Michael has left Safaricom to focus on other ventures in his life including continuing his role as chairman of Kenya Airways and being a director in various organizations.

He will continue to pursue his passions in matters conservation and community service.



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