Bolt appoints insider as EA regional head

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By Edna Mwende

Taxi hailing platform Bolt, formerly Taxify, has announced the appointment of its very own Operations Manager Kenneth Micah as the firm’s Head of Regional Operations.

According to a news report by the Star Newspaper, Mr. Micah will be in charge of spearheading the taxi hailing firm’s expansion across Eastern Africa while maintaining the company’s overall operational standards. Bolt Expansion Manager for Africa Karl Aru similarly vouched for Micah as the ideal candidate to guide Bolt’s regional expansion plans.

“We are thrilled about what this means for our business as we continue to rapidly scale and widen the scope of our operations across Africa and beyond,” Mr. Aru is quoted as saying by the Star Newspaper.

On his part, Mr. Micah expressed enthusiasm in taking up the new position at the fast growing taxi hailing app.

“I am delighted to see where this challenge takes me and how we will grow this company together to drive value for customers and help Bolt achieve its mission of making urban transportation more convenient and affordable for people,” Mr. Micah said according to the Star.

Prior to his appointment, Micah worked at M+R Spedag Group as Manager in Charge of Business Intelligence and Analysis. He has similarly had stints at Deloitte East Africa and PricewaterCoopers (PwC) where he served in different capacities in the firm’s Finance and Audit departments and acted as a Project Management Consultant respectively.

Bolt has been aggressively expanding into Kenya over the past few months. In June this year, Bolt set up shop in Thika, Kisumu and Kakamega towns in an effort to usurp the influence of rivals Uber and Little who have established themselves in these markets for the past few years. 

The introduction of the taxi service to the aforementioned towns has raised the number of townships that Bolt operates in to five; with the taxi firm having set up in Nairobi and Mombasa in 2016 and 2017.

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