Safaricom’s technology officer to exit telco next month

Safaricom's outgoing CTO Thibaud Rerolle.
Safaricom's outgoing CTO Thibaud Rerolle. PHOTO/COURTESY

Having spent seven and a half years at Safaricom as its Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Thibaud Rerolle is set to leave the telco giant for a similar role at Vodafone Turkey in July.

Mr. Rerolle joined Safaricom in December 2011 after successfully enjoying stints spanning 17 years at France Telecom in Europe, South America, Africa and the Caribbean.

Safaricom’s CEO Bob Collymore, in a memo sent to the firm’s employees, lauded Mr. Rerolle role in establishing the firm as the country’s top network service provider.

“One of his biggest achievements include leading the cross-functional team responsible for the relocation of our servers from Germany, bringing M-Pesa home in April 2015. The relocation gave us better control of the platform and freedom to innovate around our customers’ needs, translating into the launch of revolutionary products such as M-Pesa Global and Fuliza.” Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore said in the memo.

Mr. Rerolle similarly supervised the improvement of the telco’s billing platform and led the business in deploying 4G. The outgoing CTO was also responsible for ensuring young Kenyans have access to tech driven education which is vital in this age of digitization.

“Over the last four years Thibaud has sponsored and volunteered as the Technology Division’s 47-in-1 team captain, guiding a team of over 500 members of staff passionate about delivering education through technology in each of Kenya’s 47 counties,” Mr. Collymore explained in the memo.

According to the Business Daily, other key Safaricom projects overseen by Mr Rerolle include a planned end-to-end 400G backbone network in partnership with Huawei and a move to roll out a digital register for M-Pesa agents which will eliminate the use of paper registers.

Though details of his successor remain unknown, Safaricom has pledged to continue rolling out services that change and improve the lives of its customers.

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