Nairobi, Kenya – 30th October 2017
Safaricom Plc (NSE: SCOM) today announces that its CEO Bob Collymore,
has started medical leave to receive specialised treatment for a number of
During this time, Sateesh Kamath, the current Chief Financial Officer for
Safaricom who is also Mr. Collymore’s alternate on the Board, will take a
He will be supported by Joseph Ogutu who is the current 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.
With over 20 years experience in both mature and emerging markets, Mr.
Kamath has a strong background in strategic performance management and
building robust operations across the telecoms, FMCG and manufacturing
On his part, Mr. Ogutu is the longest serving Executive Committee member in
Safaricom. He has a long and distinguished career in the telecommunications
industry spanning over 30 years, with rich experience across several parts of
the company including the Corporate Affairs and Human Resource functions.
He is currently 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
Chairman, Safaricom Plc