Kenya's Safaricom boss takes sick leave

Safaricom chief executive officer Bob Collymore. FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

The chief executive of Kenya's telkom giant Bob Collymore has taken medical leave, company chairman Nicholas Ng’ang’a announced Monday.

Mr Ng’ang’a said in the statement that Mr Collymore would receive specialised treatment for a “number of months”.

He did not disclose the nature of Mr Collymore’s sickness.

“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 Mr Ng’ang’a.

Current director

In his absence, current chief financial officer Sateesh Kamath will take a “primary role,” said the company chairman.

“He will be supported by Joseph Ogutu who is the current director – strategy and innovation, Safaricom,” Mr Ng’ang’a said.

Mr Ogutu will be responsible for Safaricom’s day-to-day operations until Mr Collymore’s return from medical leave, Mr Ng’ang’a added

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