Michael Joseph Appointed Safaricom Interim CEO

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  • Michael Joseph has been appointed the interim CEO of Safaricom following Bob Collymore's death.

    He was appointed following a board meeting held on Monday. 

    Safaricom Chairman Nicholas Ng'ang'a had told journalists the company already started organising Bob's succession.

    Michael Joseph who has been appointed as the interim CEO of Safaricom following Bob Collymore's death

    Here is the company's full statement;.  

    "Following the passing on of the Company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr. Robert (Bob) William Collymore on 1 July 2019, at a Special Board meeting of the Directors’ that was held on even 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.

     "Mr. Joseph will hold this position until the Board communicates in due course, on a permanent appointment.

     "Mr. Joseph is a former CEO of the Company and the current Chairman of the Board of Kenya Airways.

    "The Board is confident that during this transition, Mr. Joseph will provide the necessary guidance and leadership to the Company and its employees."

    On Monday during a press conference, the Safaricom Board Chairman held back tears as he spoke about Collymore. He described him as selfless and dedicated even as he battled leukemia.

    “Bob has fought this cancer with great courage, all that time he has continued to give leadership from his house, it has been two years. He knew what was going to happen and he was ready,”  he announced.

    “For nine years since he joined Safaricom, Bob has provided the company with visionary leadership and he was always passionate at whatever he did.

    "We will be giving the way forward hopefully later today or within the next 24 hours," Ng'ang'a disclosed as he finished off his statement.

    Safaricom Chief Financial Officer Sateesh Kamath (left), Board Chairman Nicholas Ng'ang'a and the late CEO Bob Collymore
    The statement communicating the appointment of Michael Joseph as the interim CEO