Safaricom shops to close for four hours to honour Collymore

By Vincent Kejitan | Wednesday, Jul 3rd 2019 at 12:28
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Safaricom shops in the country will close for four hours on Thursday, July 4, 2019, to honour former CEO Bob Collymore who succumbed to cancer on Monday morning.

The shops will remain closed from 10.30am – 2.30pm during a memorial service that will be held at the All Saints Cathedral.

The late Collymore had been battling Acute Myeloid Leukemia and was cremated on Tuesday in a private ceremony.

Following his demise, several leaders sent condolence messages to his family and friends, describing him as a leader who left a mark in society.

President Uhuru Kenyatta described Collymore as an accomplished leader with managerial expertise that was beneficial to Kenya’s national agenda and urged the nation to borrow a leaf from his inspirational life.

“Bob Collymore was an accomplished corporate leader who steered Safaricom to a position of great admiration as East Africa’s most profitable company.

“Besides his role at Safaricom, Mr Collymore served on our Vision 2030 Board where he offered his managerial expertise in pursuit of our national development agenda,” said the President.

Adding: “As a country, we've therefore lost a distinguished corporate leader whose contribution to our national wellbeing will be greatly missed.”

On Tuesday, Safaricom appointed former CEO Michael Joseph as the interim CEO.

Joseph, who is the current chairman of the Board of Kenya Airways, is also a member of Safaricom’s Board and was the CEO before the late Collymore’s term.

The Board expressed confidence that he will provide necessary guidance and leadership to the company and its employees.

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