Salim Suleman

Salim Suleman Back to Board Entrepreneur, and former CEO of African Multinationals

Salim Suleman is an award winning telecommunications executive acknowledged internationally for launching one of the largest satellite telecommunications networks in Africa, iWay Africa. He is a serial entrepreneur and true visionary with a strategic mindset and proven performance in leading organizations through change and building cohesive teams of talented professionals that consistently deliver exceptional growth and profits in extremely challenging operating environments.

A specialist in corporate strategy and change management, Salim is adept at scaling and growing companies while motivating culturally diverse teams. He has led and motivated multinational team of 1,700 employees and distributors spanning 26 countries to achieve phenomenal growth in sales and revenues.

Salim’s 35 year career spans start ups in aviation, telecommunications, oil and gas, and agriculture sectors, including mergers and acquisitions and preparing mature businesses for sale.

Salim ‘s success at iWay Africa was built on taking businesses across African borders in order to create the critical mass for growth. Operating in 26 countries through subsidiaries and distributorships,  iWayAfrica was one of the 20 most recognized brands in SSA. The company was acquired by the Naspers Group in 2007 resulting in returns to the shareholders including OPIC of 5 x investment in five years.

He is a  Board Director of the Simba Corporation, a Kenyan conglomerate that operates car dealerships, 5 Star hotels and lodges, vehicle assembly plants, and real estate development. Salim served as a Board director of the National Oil Corporation of Kenya and was Chairman of the Finance and Strategy committee taking the parastatal from a 6  gas-station distribution to a 200+ gas-station distribution company from 2006-2009.

Salim is a graduate  of HEC/University of Oxford joint program with an MS in Consulting and Coaching for Change as well as the University of Oxford Advanced Management Program and Strategic Leadership Program.