BrandArena: Meet Femi Akin-Laguda, New Country Manager of Bolt

Wednesday 8 January 2020

Meet Femi Akin-Laguda, New Country Manager of Bolt

On-demand transportation platform, Bolt, has announced the appointment of Femi Akin-Laguda as the Country Manager for its operations in Nigeria.

Having served in various capacities at Bolt (formerly Taxify) over the last three years most recently as City Manager for Lagos where he engineered the introduction of an identity verification portal- a first of its kind safety feature for drivers and riders in the country, Akin-Laguda has been selected to drive the company’s operations and expansion moves across Nigeria.

“As a company deeply committed to raising transformational leaders, we are excited to have Femi run operations and lead the Nigerian team to execute a global vision of transforming urban mobility and empowering thousands of young people within the local ecosystem. We are thrilled about what this means for our business as we continue to rapidly scale and widen the scope of our operations in Nigeria” Bolt’s Regional Manager for West Africa, Uche Okafor said.

“At Bolt, we will continue to find innovative ways to make our platform thrive whilst empowering our people to champion new roles and frontiers. We are also committed to rewarding excellence and diligence. This is the reason we are elated to appoint Femi as his performance on previous roles have been stellar.”

Formerly known as Taxify, Bolt is one of the fastest-growing transportation platforms in Europe and Africa with more than 30 million passengers and operations in 35 countries. In 2019, Bolt extended its coverage in Nigeria - setting up new 6 cities and increasing its reach to 11 states in the country.

Meet Femi Akin-Laguda

Femi Akin-Laguda is a business analyst and Strategist with over 4 years experience. He helped develop strategies and operations in his former roles at Bolt as well as his former employers, Lacare.

Prior to his appointment as Bolt country manager, Akin-Laguda had worked for the ride-hailing company for over 3 years. He served as Operations Specialist in 2016, Supply Operations Manager in 2017, Operations Manager in 2018 and most recently City Manager for Lagos in 2019.

Before joining Bolt, Akin-Laguda worked as an eCommerce Consultant at Lacare Business Solutions. He also served as a Management Trainee at Benin Electricity Distribution Company and also Co-founded the Defunct Project GRdC Nigeria.

He has a degree in Information Technology from the University of Ghana and a Nanodegree in Business Analytics from Udacity. He is also a certified Management consultant.

In Nigeria, Bolt is currently active in 11 states after expanding to 6 new cities in 2019. With the experience and innovation Akin-Laguda offers at the helm of leadership, Bolt is poised to strengthen its operations in new cities and drive further expansions.

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