Azuri Technologies Ltd, a leading commercial provider of pay-as-you-go solar home solutions to off-grid consumers has welcomed two new appointments..
Based in Nairobi, Collins Oneko joins as Operations Director, East Africa and will apply his in-depth knowledge of sales and distribution to support Azuri’s expansion plans in East Africa. He will head the team defining the tools and systems that support customer acquisition and management processes in the region.
Oneko has had an extensive and successful sales management career, having held senior roles at a number of multi-nationals including Total, Tetra Pak, Airtel and drinks company Diageo.
He brings to Azuri in-depth experience of working in sub-Saharan Africa developing distribution networks, fostering partner relationships and managing sales teams to deliver greater productivity.
“I am excited to join the Azuri team and to be part of Azuri vision for making lives better through the application of appropriate technology,” said Collins.
Commenting on the appointment, Azuri CEO Simon Bransfield-Garth said: “The Senior Management Team and rest of the company is delighted to welcome Collins and I look forward to the contribution he will make to progressing our company vision and plans to expand our customer base and services across East Africa and beyond.”
Meanwhile, Steve Haigh comes on board to join as VP Software and Services.
He will be responsible for managing the evolution of the company’s cloud-based service platform that provides the tools and capabilities Azuri requires as the company continues to grow its customer base, territories, and products.
Haigh has an extensive career history in software project delivery and leadership, with a particular interest in user experience, software product design, and digital service delivery and operation.
Prior to joining Azuri, he was Associate Director, Head of Internet and Service Software, at Cambridge Consultants.
“I’m excited to be joining the Azuri team at a time where the business is scaling up and delivering the company’s life-changing products and services to greater numbers of people across Africa that cannot get electricity,” said Haigh.
Bransfield-Garth added: “I am delighted to welcome Steve to Azuri and the Senior Management Team. Steve will bring a depth of experience that will help us drive innovation around Azuri’s digital service and customer platforms as we continue to expand our PayGo solar footprint in Africa.”