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Bob Collymore's contract was to expire in August 2019/FILE

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Safaricom CEO Collymore takes extended medical leave

Safaricom says the CEO will be away for months to receive specialized medical treatment.

NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 31 – Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore has taken leave to receive specialized treatment for a number of months. 

During the time he will be away, Sateesh Kamath, Safaricom’s Chief Financial Officer and Collymore’s alternate on the Board, will take a primary role.

He will be supported by Joseph Ogutu who is the Director – Strategy and Innovation, Safaricom. Mr. Ogutu will be responsible for Safaricom’s day-to-day operations until Mr. Collymore’s return from medical leave.

Kamath has a background in strategic performance management and building robust operations across the telecoms, FMCG and manufacturing sectors.

Ogutu is the longest serving Executive Committee member in Safaricom with over 30 years in the telecommunications industry. He also serves as the Chairman of the Safaricom Foundation.

“On behalf of the board, management and the entire Safaricom community, I wish Bob quick recovery and look forward to him resuming his duties as soon as doctors allow him to do so,” said Nicholas Ng’ang’a, Chairman, Safaricom.

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