Safaricom appoints John Tombleson as CFO

Vodafone Qatar's former acting CEO and CFO joins Kenya's Safaricom.
John Tombleson will start work at Safaricom on November 7.
John Tombleson will start work at Safaricom on November 7.


Safaricom has appointed John Tombleson as its new chief financial officer.

Tombleson, who was formerly acting CEO and CFO at Vodafone Qatar, will take up the new role on November 7, replacing Chris Tiffin, who will leave Safaricom after a three week transition period.

The new finance director is an original member of the Vodafone Qatar team which launched the company in 2008. The company has since built a market share of 48% within two years.

Tombleson became acting CEO of Vodafone Qatar in November 2010 following the death of its CEO, Grahame Maher. However the company recently announced the appointment of Richard Daly, formerly the CEO of Vodafone Egypt and Vodafone Partner Markets, as the Qatar operation’s permanent CEO.

Tombleson, a New Zealander, first joined Vodafone in New Zealand in 2003, and has since held senior financial roles in both mobile and fixed telecommunications operations. He is a board member of Vodafone Qatar, and was previously a board member of Vodafone Fiji.

Bob Collymore, CEO, Safaricom, welcomed the appointment of Tombleson, and congratulated Tiffin for “an excellent job done during his 3 years tenure as CFO”.


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