•Prior to his retirement Ogutu was also serving as the acting chief business development officer.
•He was part of the team that coordinated the company’s bid for the second telecommunications license in Ethiopia.
Safaricom's chief of special projects Joe Ogutu is set to retire at the end of April after serving the Telco for 17 years.
Prior to his retirement Ogutu was also serving as the acting chief business development officer.
He was part of the team that coordinated the company’s bid for the second telecommunications license in Ethiopia.
He also steered the company alongside former CFO, Sateesh Kamath, when the late Bob Collymore was on medical leave.
Additionally, Ogutu has been the chairman of Safaricom Foundation since 2012.
While announcing Ogutu's retirement, Safaricom chief executive officer Peter Ndegwa said, "Over the last two years, I have had the pleasure of working closely with Joe and I have come to rely on his advice, candid feedback, and support."
Ndegwa said Ogutu will continue to serve as the Chairman of Safaricom Foundation where he has driven partnerships.
At the same time, Ndegwa announced the appointment of Stephen as the chief corporate affairs officer effective May 1.
Kiptinness will be responsible for the organisation's reputation management, public policy, legal and regulatory affairs.
He will also steer the development and implementation of Safaricom’s corporate investment strategy as well as oversee the telco's internal and external communications.
Kiptinness takes over Steve Chege who transitioned to Vodacom Group as the Group chief external affairs officer.