Uber Names new GM for West Africa

Lola Kassim

Uber has appointed a new General Manager for West Africa.
She is Lola Kassim who most recently, worked as a Management Consultant with McKinsey and Company where she led teams providing strategic business advice and implementing organisational and operational improvements in the energy, public, and financial services sectors in West and Southern Africa.
Uber in a statement today, October 16 while announcing her appointment described her as a seasoned professional with over 10 years of global experience working at senior private sector and government levels in Africa and Canada.
It said that Lola will be responsible for driving Uber’s overall strategy for West Africa, which includes improving reliability and service levels for uberX and creating additional value adds for driver-partners.
In her acceptance response, she said: “I am immensely pleased to be joining Uber at a pivotal point in the company’s growth and expansion curve. My vision for West Africa, in particular, is to ensure that we are aligned with Uber’s overall objective of creating sustainable, alternative modes of mobility.
He added: “In addition to creating value for driver-partners and riders, I will also be focused on ensuring that we continue to engage with our key stakeholders and relevant partners with a view to continued positive impact across West Africa.”
Speaking on Lola’s appointment, Alon Lits, General Manager Sub-Saharan Africa, Uber said: “As a company that is deeply committed to diversity and inclusiveness, we are excited to have Lola join the team of other incredible women at Uber – who are pushing the envelope towards achieving the global vision of creating value for riders and driver-partners alike. In West Africa, Lola will be supported by a highly skilled and enthusiastic team covering Operations, Marketing, Communications, Legal and Policy. As we often say at Uber, we are #superpumped.”
Prior to joining Uber, Lola spent three and half years as a Management Consultant at McKinsey and Company, and worked as a Governance Advisor with the Liberian Presidency through the Africa Governance Initiative, supporting a unit driving delivery of Presidential infrastructure priorities.
Lola who began her career with the Canadian government where she served as Policy Advisor to senior officials and managed units developing policy, strategy, and business cases regarding socio-economic development programming for Canada’s Aboriginal communities and foreign policy is aNigerian-Canadian.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and an Master degree in Social Science from the London School of Economics where she was a Chevening Scholar.

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