Catherine, a HR generalist, has a proven track record spanning 20 plus years, during which she achieved results through people in complex and challenging roles as well as at the executive level.
Commenting on the appointment, Telkom’s Chief Executive Officer Aldo Mareuse says: “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 and will be an integral part of our executive team. Her expertise in organisation development and talent management planning will ensure the building of stronger and more motivated teams, which is critical for the realisation of our transformation agenda.”
Ms. Olaka has a wealth of valuable and demonstrable regional (Sub Saharan Africa) and industry experience within the ICT and Financial Service sectors. Prior to joining Telkom, she was the Chief Talent Officer at Tigo Tanzania, responsible for leading the firm’s HR function.
She also spearheaded the HR integration of Uganda Commercial Bank, after its acquisition by Standard Bank of South Africa, thereby harmonising the terms and conditions of service of over 1,400 employees across the bank’s 59 branches. Catherine was also responsible for rolling out the Balanced Scorecard, as a tool for managing performance, across the branch network at Standard Chartered Bank.
In a previous position as Hub HR Director at Ericsson Kenya Limited, she successfully transferred 600 employees across 6 countries within the region, following the award of a managed services deal to Ericsson by Airtel.
A Certified Executive Coach from the Association of Executive Coaches of the UK, Catherine holds a Masters in Business Administration from Maastricht School of Management in The Netherlands, as well as a post graduate Diploma in HR, awarded by the Kenya National Examinations Council, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts, majoring in Sociology, from the University of Nairobi.
She began her professional career with the then Kenya Posts and Telecommunications Corporation (KPTC) and later joined Telkom Kenya after the split of KPTC, serving the company then for seven years.
Telkom connects the people that keep Kenya on the move. It does this by providing integrated telecommunications solutions to individuals, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), Government and large corporates in Kenya, drawing from a diverse solutions suite that includes voice, data, mobile money as well as network services. Powered by its vast fibre optic infrastructure, it is also a major provider of wholesale, carrier-to-carrier traffic within the country and the region.
Telkom is building on a strong, consumer-centric ethos that is committed to providing innovative, accessible and refreshingly simple communications solutions that suit customers’ everyday communication needs. Established as a telecommunications operator in April 1999, Telkom is 60 per cent owned by Helios Investment Partners, with the remaining stake held by Kenyans through the Government of Kenya.