CEO @ Mara Sokoni Nigeria, 2015 - present
Entrepreneurship, mCommerce, eCommerce, Technology, Retail.
CEO and General Manager @ Mara Sokoni Nigeria
Mara is a dynamic pan-African investment group with over 11, 000 employees and operations in 25 African countries in the following sectors: banking, real estate, infrastructure, and technology. Group companies also include Atlas Mara (www.AtlasMara.com). Mara Ison and Mara Delta.
The Mara Group also joined the likes of Amazon, Apple and The Economist by having its case read at Harvard Business School. The University also recognized Mara as an #African business success story.
Mara's business practices are shaped by a firm belief in doing good whilst doing well. Mara is committed to impacting communities in a positive way, while building successful businesses with our partners. Mara believes in strategic partnerships that bring together individuals with deep local understanding in building sustainable businesses in Africa.
Mara operates within a robust institutional framework, but places strong emphasis on cultivating an entrepreneurial culture.
Region Director (RM), 2014 - 2015
Directly responsible for providing entrepreneurial leadership and achieving sales results (GMV/NMV) in Africa's largest economic and most populated region; Nigeria's SW Zone.
Jumia was founded in 2012, under the umbrella of Africa Internet Group ("AIG"). The group has created 71 companies in 8 different verticals: online retail, food ordering platform, online marketplace, real estate marketplace, vehicle marketplace, taxi hailing, online travel agency and P2P lending marketplace.
The Femi Company
Principal, 2012 - 2015
Small and medium enterprise business advisory. Working independently (member of Guidepoint Global Advisors) to deliver a limited range of consulting services - Start-up projects, sales training, business communication and marketing, strategic planning, organization design, training and leadership development.
GM / Director, 2013 - 2014
Supported CEO/founder in developing and implementing Business Plan/Go to Market; worked to deliver stated pre-launch objectives in accordance with approved budgets, while establishing strong working relationships with various stakeholders, namely shareholders, management, suppliers, vendors, construction contractors, logistics providers and other local and international relationships.
Senior Manager, 2010 - 2012
Key member of CarMax Inc's. Los Angeles Region leadership team and partnered with other Senior Executives in sales, purchasing, merchandising/marketing to meet financial targets associated with managing high volume automotive sales, service, purchasing and reconditioning operations at a company generating over $11 billion in annual sales and service revenues. The Company's awards include being named 'A Fortune® 100 Best Company To Work For' and 'America's Most Admired Company in Automotive Retailing'
Sears Holdings Corporation
General Manager, 2006 - 2010
Selected by the company leadership to work directly with corporate teams at various store locations focused on transformation specific initiatives (E-commerce, social commerce, introducing and testing new and proprietary brands i.e. Lands End, experimenting with various operational and staffing models, developing local marketing initiatives etc). Successful testing was subsequently converted to the rest of the chain's 2000+ stores in the US and Canada. Sears is the home of www.ShopYourWay.com, a social shopping experience and is a leading integrated retailer (home improvement, fashion, electronics, appliances, household goods, automotive services, home services and fitness equipment). The company has been named a 'Mobile Retailer of the Year.'
Best Buy Inc
Director of Stores (DM) and General Manager, 1999 - 2004
Initially started with the company as a sales associate, held various sales, inventory control and store management positions in Ohio and Pennsylvania, before being progressively promoted into field executive positions across three different major market places. A key member of a regional executive leadership team in a region (East Coast) grossing $1.5 billion in annual revenues. Best Buy has been named a "Company of the Year" by Forbes® magazine, "Specialty Retailer of the Decade" by DSN, ranked in the Top 10 of "America's Most Generous Corporations" by Forbes® and has made Fortune® magazine's List of Most Admired Companies.