Top women execs join Zoona board

May 12, 2018 • People, Top Stories

Top women execs join Zoona board

Top women execs join Zoona board

Zoona, today announced two new non-executive board members to help steer the company’s strategic direction as it braces for growth in 2018 and beyond.

The new Board Members are Shirley Maltz, Group Chief Executive Officer at Homechoice, and Ebi Atawodi, Product Manager, Global Payments at UBER. Both women are well respected in their specific industries.

‘Working with exceptional leaders is the critical starting point to Zoona building a pan-African business that helps communities thrive. These new board members will play critical roles in strengthening our core business and helping us scale new digital products that improve the financial health and well-being of our customers,’ states Mike Quinn, Zoona Group CEO.

He continued; ‘We have built a world-class board and executive team, and we are deeply committed to our mission and driven to achieve results. Ebi and Shirley come with impressive track records and are already making an impact in Africa. I look forward to working with them over the coming years to help Zoona fulfil its potential.’

Atawodi, the previous UBER West Africa General Manager achieved positive growth for the company, and implemented strategies that had a significant impact on the UBER brand in West Africa.

‘Technology has the potential to democratize opportunities. Bringing previously inaccessible industries from transport to banking to practically everyone. I am passionate when we harness the potential of technology to impact people’s lives and when that is done in such a sustainable way that it impacts two or three generations.,’ says Ebi Atawodi, non-executive board member, Zoona.

Atawodi added; ‘The foundations of the future of digital Africa rest on technology driving finance, connectivity, transport and energy – Zoona is on the front lines of this impetus driving digital Africa, supporting the future of the African content through financial empowerment. I am very excited to be part of the Zoona story and to work with a business that has such a crucial objective at the heart of its mission.”

Shirley joined Homechoice in 2001, overseeing the credit, operations division, as well as all marketing activities. She was appointed the chief executive officer of Homechoice Retail in 2006 and to her current position in 2013.

‘I accepted to join the Zoona board, because I believe in the vision and mission of empowering young African women as entrepreneurs,’ says Shirley Malz, non-executive board member, Zoona.

Zoona is dedicated to helping communities thrive and aims to combine technology and entrepreneurship to meaningfully change the lives of the unbanked through the provision of digital financial services.

‘We have experienced exciting growth and real impact over the past few years, and attracting top non-executive talent on our board to help us scale has been one of my top priorities. I couldn’t be more excited to work with Ebi and Shirley who are passionate and committed to African entrepreneurship and growth and have track records to back it up.” Concluded Quinn.

Edited by Fundisiwe Maseko
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