The late Bob Collymore truly left an impression on his friend Jeff Koinange, such that Jeff cannot stop talking about him. Yesterday on his JKL show, the man with boombox voice revealed a request that the late CEO had asked him to keep.
That request was that he host top female corporate leaders on his show JKLive. Jeff hosted Jane Karuku, Managing Director (MD) Kenya Breweries Limited (KBL), Rita Kavashe (MD Isuzu EA) and Serah Katusia (MD MediaCom).
This is why Rita is here. I made a promise to my good friend, the late Safaricom CEO, Bob Collymore, that I bring some top women CEOs to the bench. Here we are. So Bob, wherever you are, we are now even.
In a previous interview, Bob had pitched the idea to his close friend Jeff telling him;
Promise me that you will do that. I have some top women leaders at Safaricom, Debrah and Rita. They have a lot to share. We have Anastacia, Angela, and many others.
The sad truth is that Bob wouldn’t be present to see his request fulfilled. The great thing about the interview was that the female CEO’s recognised what a brilliant leader Bob was, with KBL Managing Director, Jane Karuku, saying;
When we look at ourselves, we hope to leave an impact in society just like Collymore did.
Ms. Katusia added by saying;
Bob Collymore created a brand that has a purpose. That is what he left us.
Bob Collymore had a reputation as a CEO who would hire people based on skill rather than on educational credentials alone. Bob himself went up the ranks without the benefit of papers but with grit, skill, talent and perseverance.