A Look At New Vodacom Chief External Affairs Officer Stephen Chege’s Distinguished Career

Stephene Chege, former Safaricom chief corporate affairs officer. Image Credit Techweez

Safaricom’s Stephen Chege has been appointed the Group Chief External Officer by South Africa telecommunication company Vodacom.

He is currently the Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at Safaricom.

Announcing his appointment, Safaricom CEO Peter Ndegwa said Chege will continue discharging his functions at his current capacity till he assumes the new role on November 15, 2021.

“Steve will take up the role at Vodacom headquarters in Johannesburg and will be responsible for group regulatory, external and corporate affairs, public policy, communication strategy, media relationships, group corporate social investment and sustainability,” read the memo from the CEO in part.

The role covers all the Vodacom Group markets including South Africa, Tanzania, DRC, Mozambique, Lesotho and Vodafone Ghana.

The CEO said Chege will continue supporting Safaricom activities in the Kenyan and Ethiopian markets.

Chege assumed his role as Safaricom’s chief corporate affairs officer in 2015, after serving the organisation for 10 years in other capacities.

“Since he joined in 2006, Chege has had a distinguished and successful career guiding Safaricom’s position in a legal, competition, regulatory and reputation matters, developing industry policy, positioning the company as a Purpose-led organisation and making a significant contribution to its success,” Mr. Ndegwa said.

Chege joined Safaricom in 2006 as an In-House Counsel and would later rise to become the Senior Manager, Public Policy & Market Regulation. In 2011 he was appointed the Head of Regulatory and Public Policy.

As the chief corporate affairs officer, his role involves the Corporate Affairs Division, which provides strategic support functions to Safaricom’s operations. This includes the Regulatory and Public Policy, Legal and Secretarial Services; Corporate Communications; Corporate Responsibility (incorporating the Safaricom and M-PESA Foundations and Sustainability Reporting); as well as the International Carriers & Roaming functions.

He has a wealth of telecommunications professional experience spanning over 17 years in various organisations, including Vodafone Group UK.

Chege is also an advocate of the High Court of Kenya, a Certified Public Secretary, and a Trustee of the Safaricom Foundation.

He holds a Masters in Law (LL.M) in International Trade and Investment Law and a Bachelor of Laws Degree (LL.B) both from the University of Nairobi.

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