In the past few months, Africa’s largest e-commerce giant, Jumia, has been marred with a lot of notable changes across its outlets in various countries in Africa, and most recently during a press conference to highlight the company’s vision for the year, Jumia Group’s co-CEO and co-founder Jeremy Hodara, announced that Massimiliano Spalazzi will be the new CEO of Jumia Nigeria.
Spalazzi, who will retain his current designation as Executive Vice President, Marketplace (formerly Kaymu) for Jumia Group, joined the company in 2012 as the head of its online marketplace. He has also served as CEO for Jumia Emerging Countries between January 2015 – January 2019 and CEO Jumia market from January 2015 – September 2017.
With the new appointment, Jumia Nigeria’s former CEO, Juliet Anammah assumes the role of Chairwoman of Jumia Nigeria and the Head of Institutional Affairs across Africa. As Chairwoman of Jumia Nigeria, Anammah will be supporting Spalazzi for the smooth running of Jumia Nigeria.
Speaking on some of his visions for the company in the new year, Spalazzi stated that the company will keep looking to make goods more affordable for consumers, foster faster deliveries with Jumia Express, and concentrate more on the delivery of fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) and essential commodities.
The e-commerce company had faced turbulent times on the continent last year, reportedly leading to the closure of Jumia Travel in Nigeria and Jumia Food in Rwanda. The company also shut down its entire operations in Cameroon and Tanzania as a result of low performance in those markets.