Dilip Pal


Job Title: Chief finance officer

Company: Safaricom


Dilip Pal took on the role of CFO at Safaricom in November 2020.

He has more than 31 years of experience in finance, spanning various industries including telecoms, financial services, FMCG and engineering in international and multi-cultural environments.

Prior to joining Safaricom, Dilip was the CFO of DTAC Thailand, a part of the Telenor Group, a role he took on after holding the CFO title at Grameenphone Bangladesh. This was after spending eight years in various finance leadership positions at Vodafone India. He has also held senior finance roles in Hutchinson Essar, Hindustan Coca Cola Beverages and Tata Tinplate.

In addition, he has held board positions in various institutions including Carousell Singapore, Tele Assets Thailand, Accenture Bangladesh, Indus Tower and Vodafone Essar Spacetel Limited.

Dilip holds a Master’s in Commerce from Calcutta University and a Bachelor of Commerce from Goennka College of Commerce. He is a chartered accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and a cost accountant from the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India.

Nov 2020 - Present: Chief Financial Officer, Safaricom
Sep 2017 - Oct 2020: Chief Financial Officer, DTAC
Sep 2014 - Aug 2017: Chief Financial Officer, Grameenphone
Jul 2012 - Aug 2014: Executive Vice President, Finance, Vodafone
Jul 2010 - Jun 2012: Senior Vice President - Finance & Accounts, Vodafone
June 2008 - June 2010: Vice President of Finance, Vodafone
Oct 2006 - May 2008: Head of Finance, Kolkata and West Bengal Operations, Vodafone
Jun 2004 - Sep 2006: Head of Finance, Punjab Circle operations, Hutchison Essar
Mar 1999 - May 2004: Senior Finance Manager, Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages
Jun 1993 - Feb 1999: Finance Manager, TATA Tinplate

1989: Master of Commerce, University of Calcutta
1987: Bachelor of Commerce, Goenka College of Commerce & Business Administration

Safaricom PLC is a listed Kenyan mobile network operator headquartered at Safaricom House in Nairobi It is the largest telecommunications provider in Kenya, and one of the most profitable companies in the East and Central Africa region. The company offers mobile telephony, mobile money transfer, consumer electronics, ecommerce, cloud computing, data, music streaming, and fibre optic services. It is most renowned as the home of M-PESA, a mobile banking SMS-based service.

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