Ex-Tigo Executive Appointed Telkom Kenya HR Head

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Catherine Olaka has been named the new Chief Human Resources Officer of Telkom Kenya in its quest to build a stronger and more motivated team to realize its transformation agenda.

Private equity firm, Helios, recently acquired a 70 per stake in the company from France Telecom, later ceding 10 per cent shareholding to the Kenyan government bringing its ownership in the company to 40 per cent.

The oldest telco in the country then rebranded from Orange to Telkom in addition to hiring new managers to gain an edge in the very competitive sector which Safaricom enjoys the lion’s share of the market.

“Catherine brings professional experience that cuts across all specialist areas of Human Resources. She brings to Telkom a truly global and commercial perspective on people management,” said Telkom CEO Aldo Mareuse.

The HR generalist has over two decades experience within the ICT and Financial Services sectors including from senior positions at the Uganda Commercial Bank, Standard Chartered Bank and Ericsson Kenya.

Prior to joining Telkom, Olaka led the HR function at Tigo Tanzania.

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Nairobi; a post-graduate Diploma in HR from the Kenya National Examinations Council; and a Master’s in Business Administration from Maastricht School of Management in The Netherlands.

The new Telkom Kenya HR Head is a Certified Executive Coach from the Association of Executive Coaches of the UK.

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