By: Onifade Bello A.
Thirty-two-year-old Seni Sulyman has been appointed Andela’s Vice-President of Global Operations.
Sulyman who joined the company as Director of Operations in 2016, had been country director of Andela Nigeria before his new appointment. Two years under his leadership, Andela Nigeria grew by over 400%, built a high-performing cross-functional team and unveiled an ultra-modern technology office in Lagos.
In a statement released on Tuesday, it was stated that “Seni joined Andela as Director of operations for Nigeria in May 2016, then moved into the role of country director of Nigeria six months later.”
Talking about his new role as Vice-President Global Operations, Sulyman said: “This new role provides me the opportunity to give even more to Andela’s mission, and in the process, achieve more of my own dreams and aspirations for Africa. I am beyond excited about Andela’s next phase as we continue to create the change we want to see in Nigeria, and across the continent.”
In recognition of Andela’s achievements during Seni’s tenure as country director of Andela Nigeria, the company emerged top on the Jobberman’s Best 100 places to work in Nigeria list (2018) and earned the US Secretary of State Award for Corporate Excellence.
The CEO of Andela, Jeremy Johnson stated that “Over the last two years, Seni has led Andela Nigeria as we’ve grown our first country from 150 to 475 Andelans. Just as importantly, he’s done so with a consistent focus on ethical leadership and pursuit of Andela’s values.”
In his new role as Vice-President of Global Operations, Seni is to oversee Andela’s talent recruitment and development, service delivery, and African operations across Lagos, Nairobi and Kanpala, making key decisions and initiatives that affect Andela’s 900+ employees. He will continue to be based in Lagos, Nigeria.
Founded in 2014, Andela is an American company based in the New York, with special focus in building the next generation of tech leaders. According to the company’s website, the company was founded “to build a network of technology leaders on the African continent and bridge the divide between the US and African tech sectors.”
Leveraging a proven, data-driven approach, Andela aims to build high-performing engineering teams with Africa’s top developers to help companies overcome the tech talent shortage and build better products, faster. It seeks to catalyze an unprecedented wave of global investment in people by inspiring other organizations to realize that investment in untapped pools of talent is economically viable.