Kenya's Safaricom elects Adil Khawaja as chairman

Safaricom launches 5G fixed-wireless network in Kenya
Pedestrians walk outside the Safaricom mobile phone customer care centre during the launch of its 5G internet service in the central business district of Nairobi, Kenya October 27, 2022. REUTERS/Monicah Mwangi

NAIROBI, Jan 26 (Reuters) - The board of Kenya's biggest telecoms operator Safaricom (SCOM.NR) has elected Adil Khawaja as its chairman, the company said on Thursday.

Khawaja, who is a lawyer, replaces John Ngumi, who resigned from the board of the company that is partly owned by South Africa's Vodacom (VODJ.J) and Britain's Vodafone (VOD.L), in December.

He has previously served on boards of other Kenyan firms, Safaricom said in a statement signed by CEO Peter Ndegwa. These included Kenya Power (KPLC.NR) and lender KCB (KCB.NR).

Among the projects he will help shepherd at Safaricom, which is the most profitable company in East Africa, is the scaling up of operations in neighbouring Ethiopia, after the launch of its network there last year.

Reporting by Duncan Miriri; Editing by Kirsten Donovan and Sharon Singleton

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