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Appointments

Jumia Group appoints Juliet Anammah as Nigeria’s ‘Chairwoman’  

Jumia Group has announced the appointment of Massimiliano Spalazzi as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Jumia Nigeria.

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jumia Group appoints Juliet Anammah as Nigeria’s 'Chairwoman'

Jumia Group has announced the appointment of its former Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Juliet Anammah as the new Chairwoman, Jumia Nigeria and Head of Institutional Affairs across Africa.

In the same vein, Massimiliano Spalazzi was appointed to replace Anammah as the new CEO, Jumia Nigeria.

The appointment was announced by Jumia Group’s co-CEO and co-founder, Jeremy Hodara during the company’s press conference held in Lagos.

Spalazzi, who will retain his current designation as Executive Vice President, Marketplace (formerly Kaymu) for Jumia Group, joined the company in 2012 as the head of its online marketplace. He also served as CEO for Jumia Emerging Countries between January 2015 – January 2019 and CEO Jumia market from January 2015 – September 2017.

Speaking about the appointment, Hodara says it’s a sign of growth that comes with working for a company like Jumia. He expects more of such promotions from within the company.

[READ MORE: Jumia shuts down operation in Rwanda)

Jumia’s hurdles: Jumia faced some challenges in 2019, which led to the shutting down of Jumia Travel in Nigeria and Jumia Food in Rwanda. Nairametrics also reported when Jumia shut down its operations in Cameroon and Tanzania, citing low performance in those markets.

While commenting on some of the hurdles faced by the company, Hodara stated that Jumia had grown stronger.

“We tried many opportunities and strategies. We take a lot of time to invest in a lot of things we do. Challenges are the ability to grow new talents and sustain the business. Jumia is not positioned to be the only e-commerce company but to be the best in the space. Jumia is pledging to continuously improve in order to satisfy our customers and explore e-commerce potential. We are here to stay,” he said.

Plans for 2020: As one of its strategies to drive business growth in Nigeria this year, the company is reportedly relying on the increased usage of its payment platform, Jumia Pay.

According to the new CEO, Jumia also plans to focus on over 10,000 vendor partners in Nigeria to strengthen their relationship with consumers and offer them value-added services that will make them further grow their business.

In the area of logistics, Spalazzi said Jumia would continue to work with and grow the best logistics companies in the county in 2020, in addition to offering training that would boost growth opportunities.

Chidinma holds a degree in Mass communication from Caleb University Lagos and a Masters in view in Public Relations. She strongly believes in self development which has made her volunteer with an NGO on girl child development. She loves writing, reading and travelling. You may contact her via - [email protected]

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Airtel Nigeria announces appointment of Surendran as new Chief Executive Officer

Airtel Nigeria, has announced the appointment of Mr C. Surendran as the new MD/CEO with effect from August 1, 2021.

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Telecommunications giant, Airtel Nigeria, has announced the appointment of Mr C. Surendran as the new Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer with effect from August 1, 2021.

Surendran would be replacing the outgoing Managing Director and Chief Executive of Airtel Nigeria, Olusegun Ogunsanya, who has been elevated to the position of Chief Executive Officer of Airtel Africa Plc with effect from October 1, 2021.

According to a report from the News Agency of Nigeria, this disclosure is contained in a statement issued by Airtel on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, in Lagos.

READ: Airtel Africa signs new $500 million loan with Bank of America, HSBC, others

The statement says that Surendran would also be appointed to the Executive Committee (ExCo) as Regional Operating Director, reporting to the CEO of Airtel Africa plc, and onto the Board of Airtel Networks (Nigeria) Limited.

Airtel in its statement said, “Surendran has been with Bharti Airtel since 2003 and has contributed immensely in various roles across customer experience, sales and business operations.

He was the Chief Executive Officer of Karnataka, which is the largest circle in Airtel India, with over one billion dollars in revenue.

Surendran delivered an exceptional performance with significant movement in Revenue Market Share (RMS) over the last few years, currently at 54 percent. He has over 30 years of business experience, including 15 years at Xerox.’’

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Airtel said that Surendran would transition into his new role from June 1, 2021, and spend the time onboarding into the business until July 31, 2021.

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It can be recalled that a few days ago, Airtel Africa Plc, a leading provider of telecommunications and mobile money services in Nigeria and 13 other countries, announced the appointment of Mr Olusegun Ogunsanya as the new Chief Executive Officer, following the notice of retirement given by the current Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Raghunath Mandava, to the Board.

In the notification sent by Airtel Africa to the Nigerian Exchange, Ogunsanya is expected to join the board of Airtel Africa with effect from October 1, 2021.

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Guinness announces retirement of Chairman, appoints former Minister as replacement

Guinness Nigeria Plc has announced the appointment of Dr Omobola Johnson as the new Chairman of its board, with effect from July 1, 2021.

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Guinness announces retirement of Chairman, appoints former Minister as replacement

Guinness Nigeria Plc has announced the appointment of Dr. Omobola Johnson as the new Chairman of its board, with effect from July 1, 2021.

This follows the retirement of the current Chairman, Babatunde Savage, from the position, with effect from June 30, 2021.

The announcement is contained in a notice sent to the Nigerian Exchange Limited, investing public, and other stakeholders on May 4, 2021, and signed by the Company Secretary, Rotimi Odusola.

READ: Guinness, Int’l Brew, Nigerian Breweries spend N65.5 billion on key acquisitions in 2020

Johnson, who has over 30 years of experience from both the private and public sectors of the Nigerian economy, was a former Minister of Communications Technology and a former Country Managing Director in Accenture.

While commenting on her appointment, Johnson who has been serving on the board of Guinness, said, “Guinness Nigeria is an excellent company with tremendous value creation opportunities, and I believe the refreshed board and management team remain committed to maximizing shareholder value.”

In his letter addressing the board in compliance with the applicable corporate governance regulation, Savage expressed his pleasure at the opportunity to have been a part of the Guinness story over the last four decades.

He thanked the board of Guinness Nigeria and Diageo UK for the opportunity to have served in several capacities, first as an employee who held various strategic senior roles, then as an Executive Director, and later as Chairman of the board, a role that he held for almost 12 years.

READ: Guinness Nigeria’s market value surged by N23.8 billion in March 2021

He said, “After almost 40 amazing years, my journey with Guinness Nigeria is coming to an end. Guinness Nigeria is and will always be family to me.”

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