Bob Collymore, CEO of Kenya's Safaricom, has passed away. This is according to a statement released by the East African country's largest telecommunications company which also revealed that Collymore had been undergoing treatment for Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).
Collymore is survived by his wife and four children.
"In October 2017, Bob proceeded to the UK to receive treatment for Acute
Myeloid Leukemia (AML) and returned in July 2018 to resume duties. He
has been undergoing treatment for this condition since then in different
hospitals and most recently at Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi. In
recent weeks, his condition worsened and he succumbed to the cancer at
his home in the early hours of Monday 1° July 2019."
Collymore's career in telecommunications sector started in 1993 when he worked for various companies in the sector in the United Kingdom. He would later move to Vodafone Group and eventually appointed as CEO of Safaricom in 2010.
He was due to step down as CEO of Safaricom in 2020.
"On behalf of the Board of SAFARICOM.PLC, we extend our deepest
condolences to his family, staff of SAFARICOM.PLC, partners and the
nation at large who he served selflessly and with joy," wrote Nicholas Nganga, Chairman of Safaricom.