Nairobi — Kenya’s Safaricom named board member and former CEO Michael Joseph as its interim CEO on Tuesday after the telecom firm’s long-time head, Bob Collymore, died on Monday after a nearly two-year battle with cancer.

Joseph, 73, a dual American and Kenyan national who served as Safaricom’s CEO between July 2000 and November 2010, said he would stay in the post until the company finds a permanent replacement...

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