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Former Safaricom boss Bob Collymore.

NAIROBII, KENYA: Safaricom Chief Executive Officer Bob Collymore is dead.

According to a statement from the company, the long serving CEO died on Monday morning at his home in Nairobi.
Bob Collymore took a nine-month medical leave in late 2017 to undergo cancer treatment in England. He returned to Kenya in July last year.
In May this year, Safaricom Board granted him a 1-year extension in office and he said he would spend the time helping the company diversify revenue streams from e commerce and digifarm. He leaves behind a wife and four children.
SEE ALSO :Safaricom race to dominate home Internet marketCollymore took over the helm of Safaricom in 2010 from Michael Joseph who currently sits in the company’s board as a non-executive director as well as the board chairman for Kenya Airways.
In 2017 shareholders voted to extend CEO Bob Collymore’s contract by an additional two years after his tenure expired. His term was to expire in August 2020 and makes him the longest service CEO in the telco’s brief history.

Several leaders including President Uhuru Kenyatta sent their messages of condolence to the family following the Monday death.
Uhuru said the country has lost a distinguished corporate leader whose contribution to Kenya’s well being will be missed.
SEE ALSO :CA: Safaricom loses subscribers, Airtel gains”It is with deep sadness that I have this morning recieved news of the death of Safaricom CEO Mr Bob Collymore after years of battling cancer. As a country, we’ve lost a distinguished corporate leader whose contribution to our national wellbeing will be missed,” said President Uhuru Kenyatta.

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