KENYA – Online food ordering and delivery platform Uber Eats has appointed Wangui Mbugua as the General Manager for its Kenya business in a bid to steer the growth of delivery services in the country.
Uber Eats has appointed Wangui Mbugua as the General Manager for its Kenya business in a bid to steer the growth of delivery services in the country.
Commenting on her appointment, Wangui said, “I’m excited to take on this new role as I have seen the rapid growth of food delivery in Kenya and the growth that the business brings to the digital economy. The impact of convenience and on-demand commerce on the market is evident. Not only is Uber Eats creating unique work opportunities, but our operations have a positive knock-on effect for restaurants, merchants and delivery people.”
Wangui joined Uber in 2019 as Strategy and Planning Lead for Uber Eats Sub-Saharan Africa.
She is a legal graduate with an undergraduate degree in Law and a Master’s degree in International Business and Commercial Law from the University of Manchester.
According to Wangui, the increasing demand for a diversity of delivery services points to a trend that, she believes, is set to continue expanding into the future, irrespective of the trajectory of Covid-19.
“While there can be no doubt that the stellar growth in demand for diverse on-demand delivery services has been catalyzed by the pandemic and the challenges of a protracted national lockdown, we believe the pandemic merely accelerated a consumer trend that was already developing,” she said.
On his part, General Manager of Uber Eats Sub-Saharan Africa, Nakampe Molewa said, “Wangui has been an asset to the team since her arrival. We are excited about her new leadership role. We are looking forward to seeing how the business will flourish under her leadership”
Over the past two years, as people changed how they shopped for their daily essentials, groceries and ordered food, Uber Eats pivoted its business model to leverage these trends and saw growth as a result.