Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore, 61, is dead, this is all you need to know about Bob Collymore
Cancer claims Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore
Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore, 61, is dead. What a sad way to start the month of July. The acclaimed CEO breathed his last on Monday Morning at his Nairobi.
Collymore has been Chief Executive Officer of Safaricom since 2010, when he took over form Michael Joseph.
Leukemia is to blame for Bob Collymore’s death
Colymore had in October 2017 traveled to the UK to receive treatment for Acute Myeloid Leukemia and returned in July 2018 to resume duties.
“He has been undergoing treatment for this condition since then in different hospitals and most recently at Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi,” read a statement from Safaricom.
Reportedly his condition worsened in recent weeks before he succumbed to the cancer at his home in the early hours on Monday.
Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore leaves behind a wife and four children
He was expected to leave office in 2020.
“On behalf of the board of SAFARICOM.PLC, we extend our deepest condolences to his family, staff, partners and the nation at large who he served selflessly and with joy,” Safaricom chairman Nicholas Nganaga said.
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Bob Collymore took over from Michael Joseph and helped build Safaricom into East Africa’s most profitable company, thanks to the popular mobile money transfer service M-Pesa and a growing customer base.
During his tenure, Safaricom’s share price has increased by more than 400 per cent to over Sh25. He has also led the charge against regulatory efforts to clip the company’s wings due to its dominant size.