Joe Falter Appointed as the New CEO of Jumia Travel
By John Eche
As part of moves aimed at further boosting its business, Jumia Travel has announced the appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer.
He is Joe Falter, and will be succeeding Paul Midy who has exited the top post to take a different position in the larger Jumia Group.
Falter, who is also the Founder and CEO of Travel’s sister company Jumia Food, assumes the role as part of efforts outlined to further bolster the company’s operations.
Similarly, Omolara Adagunodo has taken over from Kushal Dutta as the Managing Director of Jumia Travel Nigeria.
“I could not be more excited to join this dynamic team which is revolutionising the way that people travel in Africa and beyond. With by far the biggest hotel inventory and market leading innovations, Jumia Travel is a clear leader in travel, tourism and hospitality, and I am thrilled to be leading the business forward,” says Joe.
Previously a management consultant at McKinsey in London, and with a track record of scaling companies in Europe and Africa, Joe brings with him a unique shift in strategic management that will help capitalize on emerging business opportunities.
Commenting on his first move as the new travel company’s boss, Joe ascertains that “Jumia Travel has grown exponentially in the last 2 years and the immediate objective is to continue this rapid growth trajectory while further strengthening our offering to customers and hoteliers. Our 30,000 hotel partners in Africa and hundreds of thousands of customers will be treated to exciting new developments online and offline.”
“I am confident that Joe is the right leader to accelerate Jumia Travel to become the only prefered travel agency in Africa and beyond,” says Jumia Co-Founder Sacha Poignonnec.
Founded in 2013, Jumia Travel has built a track record in ecommerce and technological innovation, becoming the leading online travel agency in Africa. It offers online hotel and flight booking services as well as tailor made packages for its large inventory of customers, both individual and corporate.
Jumia Travel (travel.jumia.com) is the N°1 Pan African Online Travel Agency, which simplifies the travel booking experience by allowing users to compare prices and amenities in a fast and secure manner.
With more than 30,000 hotels in Africa (+300,000 hotels around the world) and more than a hundred flight companies as partners, Jumia Travel aims to democratize travel by reducing travelling cost, providing the largest inventory of properties and granting local & high-quality services to become the one stop travel shop in the continent.
Jumia Travel is active in over 40 countries in Africa, with 9 local offices, and more than 400 travel specialists constantly in touch with its customers. The firm’s main hubs are in Lagos (Nigeria), Accra (Ghana), Dakar (Senegal), Abidjan (Ivory Coast), Algiers (Algeria), Douala (Cameroon), Kampala (Uganda), Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania), Nairobi (Kenya).
Before June 2016, Jumia Travel was known as Jovago. It was founded in 2013 by Jumia and is backed by MTN, Millicom, Rocket Internet, Orange, Axa and other financial partners.
Jumia Travel CEO, Joe Falter