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Michael Joseph


Chief Executive Officer, Safaricom

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Created: 16th Feb 2009
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Michael Joseph is directly contracted by Vodafone for secondment to Safaricom as the CEO of Safaricom, a position held since Vodafone’s original investment in mid-2000.  He has extensive international experience in the implementation and operation of large wireless and wireline networks, including operations in Hungary, Spain, Brazil, Peru, Argentina, Korea, United States, Australia and the Middle East. 

Mr. Joseph has specialised in licence acquisition, construction of new networks, turnaround management and start-up of new operations during his career that spans over 40 years starting as a pupil telecommunications technician to his current position.  He has guided the Company from a subscriber base of fewer than 20,000 to over 10 million today.  Mr. Joseph has been the recipient of many awards, including CEO of the Year. Mr. Joseph reports to the Board of Safaricom.

Mr. Joseph is a U.S. citizen and obtained a B. Sc. (cum laude) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cape Town and is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (I.E.E.E) and the Institute of Electronic Engineers (I.E.E), UK.

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