CEO Anwar Soussa speaking at Safaricom Ethiopia's first Annual Partners Forum in May 2023.

Anwar Soussa, Safaricom Ethiopia CEO, to Step Down

ADDIS ABABA – Anwar Soussa, first CEO of Safaricom telecom Ethiopia, will step down from his position at the end of next month, the company says.

Safaricom announced his imminent departure today, stating Anwar will be leaving his post “effective 31st of July 2023, once his secondment comes to an end.”

Anwar joined Safaricom Ethiopia in August 2021 to lead the establishment of the organization, business operations and network rollout.

As founding CEO, he has also overseen the launching of commercial operations as the second telecommunications operator in Ethiopia.

To date, the telcom company has acquired over 4 million customers, with its network now covering more than 25% of the population spread across 50 cities/towns.

Under his leadership, Safaricom Ethiopia also secured a mobile financial services license, paving the way for the launch of M-PESA services.

“Our heartfelt gratitude to Anwar for his leadership and contributions to Safaricom Ethiopia,” the telecom firm said in a statement.

“We wish Anwar the best in his future endeavours as his assignment with Safaricom Ethiopia comes to an end.”

Safaricom Ethiopia will announce Anwar’s successor in due course, the statement reads.

Safaricom Ethiopia is owned by an international consortium involving Vodafone Group; Safaricom Plc; Vodacom Group; Sumitomo Corporation, and British International Investment (BII)

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