Kenya: Safaricom CEO Returns After Nine-Month Medical Leave

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Bob Collymore, the chief executive of Safaricom, Kenya’s biggest telecoms operator is back at work after a nine-month absence for medical treatment.

“I’m back. Thanks to everyone who supported me over the past 9 months especially the clinical team at University College London Hospitals, my superb Safaricom Plc team and of course, my wife Wambui,” Collymore announced via Twitter.

Following his return on Monday, Collymore appeared before the Kenyan parliament’s Communications Committee to address legislative and regulatory gaps that are affecting competition in the telecoms sector.

In his absence, Chief Financial Officer Sateesh Kamath and Joe Ogutu, director of strategy and innovation jointly managed the company, returning a share increase of 11 percent to 28.00 shillings ($0.2792) during the period. The company had also reported an annual profit of Sh55.29 in the year that ended March 2018.


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