Mr. Dean Yu has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Huawei Kenya. Prior to joining Huawei Technologies in 2001, Dean held a number of senior management positions in Huawei Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office. At some point, he served as the Director of Huawei Optical Network Product Line and Director of Huawei Telkom (South Africa) Business Group. He rose through the ranks to become the Vice CEO of Huawei South Africa Office before his recent appointment as CEO of Huawei Kenya.
Dean will now be responsible for day-to-day business operations in Kenya for Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider. Part of the new CEO’s mandate will be to ensure that Huawei delivers ICT products and solutions to telecommunication operators, enterprises and end-users in Kenya.
The change of guard comes at a time when Kenya is emphasizing the use of ICT in her development agenda, itself a prelude towards transforming the country in its quest to achieve Vision 2030 goals. In the meantime, this will create greater opportunities to share the latest technology Huawei has to offer.
“Kenya’s ICT industry is set to experience exponential growth. It’s therefore an exciting time for me to spearhead our business efforts here for greater value. It’s our belief that our continuous innovative, customized, affordable and value-added products and solutions will impact the development agenda of this country by powering and accelerating economic growth,” said Mr. Dean Yu.
With more than 12 years in the telecommunication industry, Dean is set to drive the company’s three core business sectors: Carrier, Enterprise and Consumer to the local market.
Carrier network, which provides connectivity and broadband, is so far the company’s core business. The business group (carrier) accounts for 70% of total revenue, majorly serving cellco giant Safaricom Limited and Telkom/Orange. He said much of the success is accredited to the company’s commitment and focus on the customer’s needs besides over and above applying the pipe-line strategy in delivering superior products and services.
Under his tenure, Dean intends to aggressively focus on the enterprise and consumer market segments with products and services targeting the national and county government as well as end users.
During his take-over, Dean recognized the success of his predecessor and pledged to stay committed to be a long-term investor in the Kenyan market through strengthening crucial partnerships with local vendors and operators. He is also keen on creating job opportunities, enabling knowledge transfer, supporting local innovation and nurturing local talent.