Leon Kiptum, formerly Head of Digital &Transaction Banking in Sidian Bank has joined Betway as the country manager. He replaces Wanja Gikonyo who was instrumental since the early stages of setting up Betway in Kenya.
Gikonyo has been reassigned to other senior duties within the organization.
Kiptum has a diploma in Management Information Systems and a Bachelor of Commerce Degree specializing in Marketing and an MBA in Strategic Management. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Project Design and Implementation at the University of Nairobi.
The 36-year old thought leader with experience in both business and support units within the banking industry has worked in departments from operation, retail sales, credit and digital banking.
He started his career at Nairobi Bottlers before starting his glistening 12-year career in banking. He has risen through the ranks from sales representative at Barclays Kenya, to sales manager.
The 36-year old began his career in Nairobi Bottlers before starting his 12 year career in Banking. He rose from a Sales Representative to a Sales Manager at Baclays Bank and later moved to KCB as an Area Sales Manager. Thereafter, he moved to Family Bank as Branch Manager where he was promoted Head Consumer Banking. With the same institution, within the same institution he moved to Head of Digital Financial Services. This is where he spearheaded the development, usage and uptake of exciting products and services such as Mobile Lending, Mobile Banking, Agency Banking, MVISA, Card Solutions, Pesalink among other technology driven products.
After 7 years at Family Bank, he moved to Sidian Bank to setup their robust digital arm. While here with other digital and technology leads in Kenya, they founded the Digital Innovation Group that runs the Digital Disruption Caucus, a network that drives conversations on standards of tech-innovation and seeks to position Kenya as a thought leader in digital innovations across Africa. He acknowledges that sports betting is one of the more recent digital disruptions not just in Kenya but globally
Betway, a move inspired by his passion for sports, comes as an exciting opportunity as it is largely driven by technology. He is an ardent golfer, played rugby in both high school and university, soccer while in Barclays and still regularly plays basketball. He also gained interest in motorsport while at KCB having represented the bank in the national rally organising committee.