Safaricom chief executive Bob Collymore died today July 1, 2019
Bob Collymore was born in 1958.
He is a Guyanese-British businessman and the immediate Chief Executive Officer for telcom giant, Safaricom.
Collymore started schooling in Guyana while still living with his grandmother until age 16 when he moved to the UK to join his mother in 1974.
He joined Selhurst High School for Boys in London where he completed his formal education.
In various interviews, Collymore revealed that he started earning money at the age of 12 while living with his grandmother in Guyana.
He would make art pieces from plastic moulds and also little brooches from coconut shells which he would sell.
In 2006, he became the governance director for Africa at Vodafone and subsidiary Safaricom before assuming the CEO Position in 2010 in Kenya.
Collymore married his second wife, Wambui Kamiru, on April 2, 2016, in an invite-only wedding at an upmarket residence in Kitisuru, Nairobi.
Collymore bagged several awards at his time with Safaricom most recently the CEO of the Year award conferred by African Investor.
He has held the position of CEO of Safaricom Limited since November 1, 2010.
Previously he has worked in the UK, Japan, and South Africa in a number of senior executive roles in Marketing, Purchasing, Retail, Governance and Corporate Affairs.
He has more than 30 years of commercial experience working in senior executive roles in the telecommunications sector.
Collymore also served on the Board of Acumen, the United Nations Global Compact Board and is a member of the B TEAM, a not-for-profit initiative formed by a global group of business leaders to catalyse a better way of doing business, for the wellbeing of people and the planet.
He also served on the Kenya Vision 2030 board, is a Founder Trustee in the National Road Safety Trust and Chairman of the TEAMS Board.
He has recently served on a UN Commission on Life Saving commodities for women and children.
In 2012, he was conferred the state honour of Moran of the Burning Spear which was awarded to him by retired Mwai President Kibaki.
Collymore was diagnosed with Myeloid Leukemia and in 2017 he had to travel to the United Kingdom for treatment until July Of 2018.
The deceased worked in various positions in the tech industry in the United Kingdom, most noticeable, Cell Net, Dixons retail and Vodafone and at one time moved to Japan for the integration of J-phone into the Vodaphone group.
He lives behind his Wife and Four children.
In his own words, Collymore said that he loved flying helicopters and reading as his favourite pastimes.
It was his love for art and music that led him to meet his wife Wambui Kamiru who was an artist at Kuona Trust.