Jumia co-founders Sacha Poignonnec, Jeremy Hodara Step Down as Co-CEOs

The Co-founders of Jumia Group, Sacha Poignonnec and Jeremy Hodara, have stepped down as Co-CEOs of the e-commerce firm.

According to a statement by the company, Francis Dufay, who previously held the CEO role at Jumia Ivory Coast, will now replace both co-founders as acting CEO. 

The statement also announced the promotion of Jumia Group’s former Chief Financial Officer, Antoine Maillet-Mezeray to the position of Executive Vice President, Finance & Operations for the Group.  

End of an era: The two outgoing CEOs oversaw Jumia’s pan-African expansion across 11 countries as well as its product journey that now includes a marketplace, JumiaPay, its payment arm, and a logistics platform. 

Commenting on the Co-founders’ exit, Jumia’s board chairman Jonathan Klein said:  

  • “We thank Jeremy and Sacha for their leadership over the last decade to envision and build a company that became the leading pan-African e-commerce player. As we look ahead to the next chapter of Jumia’s journey, we want to bring more focus to the core e-commerce business as part of a more simplified and efficient organization with stronger fundamentals and a clearer path to profitability.  
  • “We look forward to working closely with Francis, Antoine, and the leadership team to execute these objectives and continue on our mission of offering a compelling e-commerce platform to consumers, sellers, and the broader Jumia ecosystem in Africa.”

Sacha Poignonnec’s farewell: In a farewell message posted on his LinkedIn page, one of the outgoing CEOs, Sacha Poignonnec, said:  

  • “The day has come to open a new chapter for Jumia and a new chapter for me. In a way, it’s with a heavy heart because I will miss everything about Jumia, but at the same time every founder needs to pass the flame one day, and I am so grateful for having had a chance to build this great company for the last 11 years. We have achieved so many amazing things, but it will be hard to make an inventory, here is not the place and the time; and there is still so much to do.  
  • “I want to thank all our team members, past and present, for the exceptional values they have consistently displayed. You have given me every day the energy to fight and achieve the sometimes impossible. Together we have created a unique work culture, very human and very strong. Let’s cherish that and continue to nurture it. Strategies change, priorities change, and challenges evolve, but the culture always remains. We are our values.” 
  • “I also want to thank – in no particular order – our sellers, our restaurants, our drivers, our JForce agents, our logistics partners, our suppliers, our board members past and present, and all the other stakeholders who contribute every day to making e-commerce, food delivery and digital payments possible in our 11 countries. We rely on you, you rely on us, we are together in this journey and we win together. Always.  
  • “Jumia is in great hands with the new Management Board, we have been working for years together and we’re confident they will do very well. I will always be a supporter of Jumia and Africa. The best is yet to come.” 

Jumia Share Price: Meanwhile, Jumia share price tumbled 14.29% on the Monday as investors dumped the stock following the announcements.

  • Jumia has not fallen by 65% this year alone in line with general market sentiments. Jumia is yet to return profits since it was listed and reported a loss of $227 million.
  • Jumia also has a retained loss of $1.6 billion and just $350 million in cash in the bank as of the end of June 2022.

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