Safaricom Appoints Michael Joseph as Interim CEO following Bob Collymore’s Passing

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Following the death of its highly successful CEO, Bob Collymore, who lost his battle to cancer on Tuesday morning, Safaricom has reappointed its former Chief Executive Michael Joseph to lead the East African telecommunication giant on an interim basis.

In a statement Tuesday, the company’s secretary Kathryne Maundu said the appointment takes effect with immediate effect, until the board fills up the position on a permanent basis.

Mr Collymore, who passed on Monday morning took over from Mr Joseph, a former Safaricom chief executive in November 2010.

“Following the passing on of the company’s chief executive officer (CEO) Mr Robert (Bob) William Collymore on 1st July, 2019, at a special board meeting of the directors that was held on the eve date, the board resolved to appoint Mr Michael Joseph, a board member of the company, as the interim chief executive officer of the company with immediate effect,” said Ms Maundu in a statement Tuesday.

Adding that “The board is confident that during this transition, Mr Joseph will provide the necessary guidance and leadership to the company and its employees”.

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