The business community has this year mourned the death of two CEO’s, namely Safaricom’s Bob Collymore and Mastermind Tobacco’s Wilfred Murungi.
Many have eulogized the tow saying the country has lost valuable assets. We take a look at similarities between the two gentlemen.
1. The memorial service of Mastermind Tobacco founder Wilfred Murungi took place on June 13 at All Saints Cathedral, just like Bob Collymore’s. Both memorial services were open to everyone.
2. They were CEO’s of top companies in Kenya
Wilfred was at the helm of the company for more than three decades.The late Murungi founded Mastermind after learning the ropes of the cigarette industry during a stint at BAT Kenya, which he left in 1985 having held the position of technical director.
Bob held the position of CEO of Safaricom Limited since November 1, 2010.
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.
3. Their funerals were strictly for family and very simple at that
None of them had those elaborate ceremonies associated with the who’s who in Kenya where tens of speakers bore people with speeches (or politics).
Only 8 people attended the funeral of Murungi, while Bob’s immediate family asked Kenyans to respect their privacy.
4. They have both been eulogized as industrious and vibrant entrepreneurs who made a significant contribution to the growth of the Kenyan economy.