Uber Technologies Inc. is an American private hire company headquartered in San Francisco, Califonia, United States, operating in 633 cities worldwide. It develops, markets and operates the Uber car transportation and food delivery mobile apps. Uber drivers use their own cars although drivers can rent a car to drive with Uber.
This Tech hire and delivery company on the 16th of October made known its appointment of a new General Manager for West Africa in the person Lola Kassim replacing Ebi Atawodi who has moved on to be a Product Manager in Amsterdam office, to lead global digital payments program.
Lola Kassim who very recently served as a Management Consultant with McKinsey and Comany leading teams to providing strategic business advice and implementing organizational and operational improvements in the energy, public and financial services sector in West and Southern Africa. She is well experienced backed with impressive Resume in global experience working at senior private sector and government levels in Africa and Canada. Her duty in this new office is driving Uber’s overall strategy for West Africa which will entail improving reliability and service levels for Uber X and creating additional value-adds for driver-partners.
In her words 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. 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.”
Also Speaking on the appointment of Lola Kassim, the General Manager Sub-Saharan Africa, Uber; Alon Lits 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.”
Lola Kassim is a Nigerian-Canadian who holds a Bachelor’s Degree From Harvard University and an MSc from the London school of Economics as a Chevening Scholar before joining Uber had spent over three years as a Management Consultant at McKinsey and Company, also worked as a Governance Advisor with the Liberian Presidency through the Africa Governance Initiative and supporting a unit driving delivery of Presidential infrastructure priorities. She started off her career as Policy Advisor to senior officials with the Canadian Embassy where she managed units developing policy, strategy, and business cases regarding socio-economic development programming for Canada’s Aboriginal communities and foreign policy.