Ride-hailing startup, Bolt (formerly Taxify), has appointed former Jumia global head of logistics and operations, Olaoluwa Akinnusi, as its new country manager for Kenya.
He takes the place of Alex Mwaura who has left the company. Upon his appointment, Akinnusi will be charged with overseeing the company’s operations and help scale the business across the country.
A Venture Builder and Operations Strategist, Olaoluwa Akinnusi holds a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics. Prior to joining Bolt, Akinnusi had worked at Jumia Group as the Global Head of Operations & Logistics. There, he led supply chain management, operations strategy development, implementation and growth across 7 African countries for a period of three years.
Before that he had served as Head of Content and Production, Africa Internet Group; Head of Strategy, BlueBrocket Group; and Co-founder and COO, Buffrspace. In all, he is bringing a total of seven years of managerial experience to Bolt. This is in addition to his several years of serving as a Consulting Business Analyst.
“We are very excited to welcome Ola to our team at Bolt. Not only will he bring a tighter focus on customer relationship quality to our sales team, but also be a great role model for our employees, driver partners and riders who come into contact with him.” – Karl Aru, General Manager for Africa, Bolt.
On his part, Olaoluwa expressed his enthusiasm in joining the Bolt team.
“I am very excited to join the Bolt team,” Olaoluwa said. “I believe the potential for growth and value creation is tremendous, given the smart and passionate people that I have already met in the company, a strong brand portfolio and an attractive international footprint.
“Having played a leadership role in similar business situations and industry, I am confident that we can continue to develop and execute plans to satisfy the needs of the Kenyan market. I look forward to becoming part of the Bolt family and partnering with the team to build the business,” Olaoluwa said.