Juan Seco has been appointed as the new Jumia Kenya CEO taking over from Betty Mwangi. Betty Mwangi, who took over the reins of the commerce company in November 2021 from Sam Chappatte, now leaves the position barely a year later. The company noted in a statement that Ms. Mwangi has left to pursue a ‘big impact opportunity’.
Mr Juan Seco on his part, joined Jumia Kenya in 2015 as the Chief Financial Officer before forming part of the founding team of JumiaPay as the Chief Operating Officer in 2017.
In 2019, he was named Senior Vice President of Consumer Financial Services leading fintech initiatives and the JumiaPay App, now available in eight countries.
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Before joining Jumia in 2021, Ms. Mwangi served as the Group Commercial Director for Britam between 2016 and 2021.
She previously worked as the Director of Financial Services for Safaricom’s M-Pesa during its formative years from 2007 to 2016.
He takes over from Betty Mwangi, who joined the company at the end of 2021. Her tenure has seen her serve the company for under nine months.
A statement from Jumia reveals that Betty will be pursuing other interests. Juan Seco has been with Jumia for more than seven years. He joined Jumia Kenya back in 2015 as CFO.
Two years later, he got a job upgrade to COO for JumiaPay. He served the role for three years before becoming a Senior Vice President for JumiaPay.
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Prior to joining Jumia, Seco worked at Dexia, and audit firms PwC and KPMG. His wealth of experience spans more than two decades.
Juan Seco is also an alumnus of McGill University, where he undertook a course in Commerce.
Jumia Kenya, nor Betty Mwangi, have not revealed the next working station for the outgoing CEO.
Once we get that information, we will update this story.
Kenya has also been attempting to address the gender gap in top leadership positions, especially in the tech industry.
We have since rounded up some key local women who have gone out of their way to occupy leadership positions that are traditionally assumed as male.
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