Ex-Safaricom CEO Michael Joseph appointed as interim boss after Collymore’s death

Former Safaricom CEO Michael Joseph has made a comeback in an acting capacity following the death of Bob Collymore.

In a special meeting of the directors, the board picked the telecom’s former boss Michael Joseph to lead in an interim capacity with immediate effect.

Through a statement by the Company’s secretary said, “Following the passing of the company’s CEO, at a Special Board meeting of the Directors, the board resolved to appoint Michael Joseph, a Board member of the Company as the interim CEO with immediate effect’’

The statement further reads “The board is confident that during this transition, Mr Joseph will provide the necessary guidance and leadership to the company and its employees,”

Michael Joseph is a former CEO of Safaricom and the current chairman of the board of Kenya Airways.

Collymore took over from Joseph, nine years ago, and was CEO until his demise on Monday when he succumbed to cancer. He is set to be buried at a private ceremony Tuesday.

Many have described Collymore as a corporate leader like no other, who not only transformed Safaricom—the region’s largest telco, but the lives of many less privileged Kenyans—including women and children through the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives.