Digital ride-hailing company Bolt has appointed Takura Malaba as its new Regional Manager for East and Southern Africa effective Jan 1, 2023.
Malaba takes over from Kenneth Micah who took over the helm in 2019. He is expected to drive the firm’s operation activities in the region as well as expand its footprint in the region.
Malaba joined Bolt in November 2021, as the Country Manager in South Africa, where he was responsible for strategy and operations.
Prior to joining Bolt, he was a Data Science Manager at Deloitte, where he focused on strategy, cloud and machine learning design and implementation.
“Since joining the business in 2021, he has done an excellent job in leading the South African market. He has steered the business and defended it against stiff competition, driven strong growth despite a difficult macroeconomic environment and effectively managed costs. He has also been instrumental in making significant progress in improving the safety and quality of our platform in the country. I am confident he will continue to do a great job in this new role,” Bolt Rides Vice President Paddy Partridge said.
“My priority will be to continue growing the business in the region by championing our value propositions that focus on affordability, safety and sustainability. I believe in working collaboratively with my colleagues, partners, and stakeholders to achieve results, and I look forward to using my skills and expertise to contribute to the Bolt’s success and to make a positive impact in this region,” Malaba stated.
Bolt operates in seven African countries including Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa and Tunisia. Last year, it opened its Africa head office in Nairobi to serve as a regional hub for its operations in the continent.