#WhereLeadersAreMade: Kris Senanu, Chief Enterprise Business Officer, Enterprise Division at Safaricom, PLC
By the Alumni Relations Office
Kris is an accomplished business leader with 20+ years’ experience in creating enabling environments and building high-performance teams. Kris is passionate about the entrepreneurial ecosystem and has helped to grow many tech businesses and mentored many tech entrepreneurs on the continent. More specifically, he has extensive experience working with and helping to grow start-ups, Fintechs and Tertiary Educational Institutions.
He is a transformational leader and respected ICT champion with a passion for finding, grooming and coaching talent. He has a tenacious commitment to driving revenue and market-share growth and has always been able to explicitly envision, enable, and successfully execute high value complex projects.
He is currently the Chief Enterprise Business Officer at Safaricom where he is leading the charge to transform East Africa’s most successful Telco to transition to becoming a technology Company. Prior to this he was Managing Director of Telkom Digital where he helped grow Telkom’s Corporate Market share in a highly competitive environment, through the introduction of more innovative solutions and strategic value addition.
Kris is remembered as the youngest Telco executive to run a listed ICT company. He was instrumental in the startup of Access Kenya (Now Internet Solutions) and successfully helped it to become the first listed ICT firm on the Nairobi Securities Exchange. He then helped to expand the business’s footprint into East Africa and steering its acquisition by Internet Solutions in 2014, before exiting as its Deputy CEO, in 2016.
Kris is a distinguished fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Kenya Institute of Management. He holds an MBA in Strategic Management from Warwick Business School as well as an International Business Administration Degree, majoring in Marketing, from USIU – Africa.
He is also the Chair of the United States International University-Africa Council. Other past and present Chairmanships he holds include chairing the Governing Council at the Kenya Institute of Management, the Chair of the Pan African agency BTL Africa, headquartered in Ghana, and the financial solution provider Craft Silicon.
More recently, he took up a cause that is close to his heart; Board membership at the Amahoro Coalition, an African-led initiative of which he is also co-founder, that is championing the economic inclusion of refugees on the continent, majorly by way of post-secondary education.