Mr. Joseph Ogutu joined Safaricom as chief corporate affairs officer in May 2005. Prior to that, he served as the principal assistant to the managing director and chief strategy and regulatory officer at Telkom. He then served as chief human resource officer from 2008 before taking on the role of director, resources division in the March 2011 company reorganization.
In October 2012, Ogutu was appointed as director, strategy and innovation division, where he works closely with the CEO in formulating strategic direction for the business. His work focuses on developing Safaricom’s position as an industry leader in driving innovation in products and services. Ogutu also serves as the chairman of Safaricom Foundation and sits on the board of TEAMS Limited.
Ogutu has had a dynamic career in the telecommunications industry spanning more than 25 years, the last 12 of which have been at the executive committee level. During this period, he was actively involved in the reform of the sector including the drafting of the Postal and Telecommunication Policy Paper that led to the restructuring of the defunct Kenya Posts and Telecommunications Corporation and subsequent establishment of CCK, Telkom Kenya and Postal Corporation of Kenya. He has also been involved in the establishment of the institutional framework for the Eastern Africa Submarine Cable System (EASSy).
Ogutu is a Kenyan citizen and a graduate of Economics from the University of Nairobi.