Travelstart has just announced the hiring of Philip Akesson as Nigeria Country Manager, effective June 1st, 2016. Akesson will be based in Travelstart Nigeria’s office in Ikeja, Lagos.
Akesson takes over from Andre Van Straaten, who has held the dual positions of International Markets Project Manager and Country Manager. Under Akesson’s leadership, Van Straaten will continue to manage strategic relationships with suppliers in West Africa.
Philip Akesson will be responsible for overseeing Travelstart Nigeria’s commercial and operational strategy, as well as spearheading initiatives to grow the Travelstart brand across the region.
Travelstart CEO Stephan Ekbergh said: “Philip brings a wealth of experience and we are delighted to welcome him to the Travelstart Nigeria team. As an ecommerce business leader, he will be an asset to Travelstart and will bring a depth of practical knowledge that our customers and partners will benefit from.”
Philip Akesson is an alumni of the Stockholm School of Economics. He was previously a founding member of Konga which, in only a few years, grew to become one of Africa’s largest online marketplaces. At Konga, Akesson worked in a variety of roles including work in operations, strategy, investor communications, business intelligence and strategic partnerships, which equipped him with a goldmine of commercial and online expertise in the region.
“I am excited to start a new challenge within the Travelstart group and look forward to working with the team to expand its presence across verticals in the region, leveraging my experience in the local ecommerce space,” Akesson commented.