Cellulant, a Pan-African payments company with its head offices in Nairobi has appointed Akshay Grover as the Group CEO and Director with effect from October 1st 2021.
The appointment follows an executive search process following the announcement in January 2021 by then Group CEO Ken Njoroge of his intention to transition from his position. Akshay has been serving in an acting capacity since April 2021.
“We are delighted to appoint an executive of Akshay’s calibre and experience to the role,” said Cellulant Board Chairman, Dr Sam Kiruthu.
Akshay brings extensive and diverse industry experience in technology and finance. During the time that Akshay has served as Acting CEO, the board has been impressed with his commitment to openness, attention to detail and an unrelenting focus on the future of the business.
Akshay has demonstrated he possesses the skills, attitude and vision to lead the management team to deliver on Cellulant’s future and mission.”
Upon his appointment, Akshay said he looked forward to growing Cellulant into the most prolific and most innovative payments platform in Africa.
He said that Cellulant is well placed to lead and transform the payments landscape in Africa, riding on the firm’s deep connectivity with over 120 banks and 40 mobile operators in Africa.
The digital payment platform reduces the amount of friction around payments and by doing so, creating a seamless way for businesses to collect and make payments.
Its integrated payments platform caters to both offline and online solutions that power success for businesses of all sizes while delivering a superior user experience for the end customer.
Akshay packs more than 20 years of work experience in the Technology, Media and Communication Sector across emerging markets.
During the early years of his career, he held positions of increasing responsibility in the financial advisory teams at KPMG and EY.
Prior to joining Cellulant as Group Chief Financial Officer in January 2021, Akshay was the Chief Investment Officer at iSON, a diversified technology group with a presence in over 30 countries in the Middle East, Africa and the Asia Pacific region.
Cellulant network in Africa
Today, Cellulant has an office presence in 18 African countries with a payments platform connecting thousands of businesses with 154 payment options across 35 countries.
The platform powers payments for 220Million consumers on a single inclusive network allowing for interoperability across Africa.