Before we even start, the jmexclusives team would like to send their heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the late Bob Collymore. Who, until his untimely demise, Robert Bob Collymore was a Guyanese-born British businessman. Who served as the Chief Executive Officer at Safaricom, a multinational telecommunications company based in Kenya.
Important to realize, Robert Collymore was born in Guyana. And then again, raised by his grandparents there. Thereafter, at the age of 16, he moved to join his mother in the United Kingdom, attending Selhurst High School.
Remarkably, upon leaving school, he was offered a place at Warwick University. But had to turn this down as he was ineligible for funding.
Who was Bob Collymore?
In the first place, the passing on of the longest-serving Safaricom CEO is a blow to many if not all Kenyans. Especially, after following a courageous battle with a rare kind of Leukemia (Acute Myeloid Leukemia-AML).
Secondly, Bob Collymore married his third wife, Wambui Kamiru, on 2 April 2016 in an invitation-only wedding at an upmarket residence in Kitisuru, Nairobi. Equally important, Bob Collymore met Kamiru in Nairobi during a fundraiser for survivors of the Loreto Convent Msongari school bus crash that occurred in July 2011.
Above all, Wambui Collymore was part of the event in her capacity as an alumnus and Collymore was there too. Representing the Safaricom Foundation with fundraising.
Additionally, Robert Bob Collymore had two children and two stepchildren. In particular, from his wife’s first marriage to Joseph Kinyua.
Why is Robert Bob Collymore famous?
From 1993, Collymore worked in various positions in the telecommunications industry in the UK. Including work for Cellnet, Dixons Retail and Vodafone UK. In 2003 he moved to Japan to manage the integration of J-Phone into the Vodafone Group.
Notably, in 2006 he became the governance director for Africa at Vodafone and subsidiary Safaricom. In 2010 he was appointed a chief executive officer of Safaricom.
Bob Collymore traveled to the United Kingdom in October 2017 to receive treatment for acute myeloid leukemia. He returned to Kenya in July 2018 to resume his duties as CEO of Safaricom. While at the same time, undergoing treatment at a number of hospitals. However, his condition worsened in June 2019, and he died at his home on the morning of 1 July 2019.
Collymore was previously Vodacom’s chief officer of corporate affairs. He was born in Guyana and lived at first with his grandparents before moving to join his mother in the UK when he was a teenager. He is survived by a wife and four children.
His Cancer Illness & Treatment
Until he kicked the bucket, the Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore, whose push into mobile payments spurred a five-fold increase in the Kenyan company’s value, died after a battle with cancer. He was 61.
Collymore received treatment for leukemia in the UK in 2017 and 2018. His condition worsened in recent weeks and he died at home in the early hours of Monday, chairman Nicholas Nganga said in an e-mailed statement.
Safaricom’s mobile phone payments platform M-Pesa has allowed millions of Kenyans who were excluded from the banking system to purchase everything from groceries to air tickets and goods on platforms such as Alibaba Group’s AliExpress.
Since Collymore took charge in late 2010, Safaricom’s subscriber base has doubled and its profits have quadrupled.
Bob Collymore Awards
Bob Collymore was in 2012 awarded a Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear. In addition to the following Awards. Such as;
|African Investor||CEO of the Year||2017|
|African Investor||International Business Leader||2016|
|President of Kenya||Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear||2012|
Frequently Asked Questions About Bob Collymore
What was your first job?
Collymore: I first started earning money at the age of 12 when I was still living with my grandmother in Guyana.
I would make art pieces from plasticine molds sent to me by my mother who was then in the UK. I would also make little brooches from coconut shells and from these art pieces, I made some good money.
What are the top reasons why you have been successful in business?
Collymore: I am disciplined. I do not fixate on past mistakes; rather, I learn from them and move on. I am also acutely aware that learning never stops, and I am therefore constantly learning from those around me.
I am a great believer in people and in teamwork. Only with and through people can one be successful.
What are your message to Africa’s young aspiring business people and entrepreneurs?
Collymore: Hard work and a commitment to the things that are important in life. You also have to be patient. Success is a long journey whose path is wrought with missteps, wrong decisions, discouragement, skewed plans and sometimes, failure.
Be flexible; if something doesn’t work out, learn from the situation and move on.
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