Debra Mallowah joined Safaricom PLC from 2nd January 2019, having previously served at GlaxoSmithKline where she was the General Manager – Eastern Africa with responsibility for eight markets in the region. She is a seasoned broad based professional with roles that have included Vice President for Unilever for the Personal Care Division, Africa and Group Marketing & Innovations Director in Diageo East Africa. She has worked and lived in Kenya, the United Kingdom and South Africa during the span of her career.
As the Chief Business Development Officer, she is responsible for preparing Safaricom for the future, harnessing new business opportunities and leading innovation. She is responsible for Alpha, Safaricom’s innovation unit and leads any geographical expansion opportunities including M&A activities. As the Executive responsible for developing the company’s strategic direction she also leads the Knowledge Management team comprising of Research as well as Insights and Big Data.
Debra holds a B.Com (Hons) degree from the University of Nairobi and completed an Advanced Management Program at IESE Business school, Spain. Her interests include community service, African art and the adventure of discovering and meeting new people and places.