Uber has appointed Kagiso Khaole as its new GM for its Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) business, taking over Frans Hiemstra’s role who has been shifted to Regional GM for the Middle East and Africa at Uber.
Kagiso joined Uber in 2021 where he led mobility operations across SSA, and has previously worked in several industries, including eCommerce, Software and Services, Consumer Electronics, Management Consulting, Insurance and Banking.
“This makes Kagiso well positioned to further grow the business in the region, which is operational in over 50 cities across South Africa, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria and Uganda,” the company says via the announcement.
“Kagiso’s contribution to the rides business has been nothing short of excellent, and I am confident that our SSA region will continue to grow from strength to strength under his leadership,” adds Hiemstra.
Africa is an exciting market for the global technology company as it recently claimed to have facilitated 1 billion trips on the continent since entering the market less than 10 years ago.
Uber has also created over 3 million economic opportunities across the rides and delivery businesses.
Khaole says he is privileged to be part of a company due to its impact on the cities and communities it operates.
“We are certainly excited about the future, especially because next year, we will be celebrating our 10th anniversary in SSA. We continue to remain committed to raising the bar on safety, as well as improving the experience of drivers, delivery people and riders using the Uber app – I am excited to be a part of this journey,” concludes Khaole.