Anwar joined Safaricom Ethiopia in August 2021 to lead the establishment of the organization, set up business operations, and roll out a high-quality network.
Anwar Soussa, the Chief Executive Officer of Safaricom Telecommunications Ethiopia PLC (STEP), will be leaving the business effective 31st July 2023 once his secondment comes to an end. He leaves after nearly two years at the helm.
Anwar joined Safaricom Ethiopia in August 2021 to lead the establishment of the organization, set up business operations, and roll out a high-quality network. He has been a key face of the Safaricom rollout in Ethiopia with the establishment of M-pesa services being his latest achievement.
As the first CEO of Safaricom Ethiopia, Anwar has overseen the attainment of significant milestones in a highly dynamic environment, including onboarding the team and successfully launching commercial operations of the second telecommunications operator in Ethiopia.
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“Anwar has steered Safaricom Ethiopia to acquire over 4 million customers, with the network now covering more than 25 percent of the population and spread across 50 cities/towns. Under Anwar’s leadership, Safaricom Ethiopia also secured a mobile financial services license, paving the way for the launch of M-PESA services,” said Safaricom CEO Peter Ndegwa.
“I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to Anwar for his leadership and contributions to Safaricom Ethiopia. Throughout his tenure, he has demonstrated unwavering passion and commitment, which have played a crucial role in our achievements thus far. We will announce Anwar’s successor in due course.”