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Travel firm appoints new CEO

By Wole Oyebade
20 January 2023   |   4:15 am
The Board of Directors and Management of Wakanow Group has appointed Adenike Macaulay as Chief Executive Officer of Wakanow Nigeria, effective January 2023. Macaulay has several years of experience in the travel industry and has led commercial activities for Wakanow since July 2021 as its Chief Commercial Officer. Group CEO of Wakanow Group, Bayo Adedeji,…

The Board of Directors and Management of Wakanow Group has appointed Adenike Macaulay as Chief Executive Officer of Wakanow Nigeria, effective January 2023.

Macaulay has several years of experience in the travel industry and has led commercial activities for Wakanow since July 2021 as its Chief Commercial Officer.

Group CEO of Wakanow Group, Bayo Adedeji, said Macaulay had been an invaluable addition to the management of Wakanow since she joined the firm.

“With her vast experience and exposure in the aviation sector, we definitely will consolidate our growth trajectory in Nigeria. We are expanding into new verticals and countries in Africa and beyond to take advantage of new business opportunities in the emerging competitive landscape leveraging our deep competence and expertise in the travel tech industry, and I will be leading this venture as Group CEO.

“We are very excited about the bright future ahead of us in the African travel and tourism industry by providing end-to-end services easily accessible to every African by leveraging technology and strategic partnerships,” Adedeji said.

Macaulay added that the past 18 months with Wakanow had been immensely exciting, citing milestones results in the history of the company.

“I’m excited to take on the new responsibility saddled upon me by the board and management of Wakanow and look forward to leading and building with an immensely talented team,” she pledged

Prior to joining Wakanow, she was the first female and first Nigerian to be appointed as General Manager of Sales for Lufthansa Group in Nigeria & Equatorial Guinea, where she led the teams in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, and Malabo, driving all commercial and sales activities for Lufthansa Group in the region.

Macaulay is the immediate past Chairperson of the International Air Transport Association Local Customer Advisory Group (LCAG) and Vice Chair of the IATA Agency Programme Joint Council (APJC).

She holds an MBA from the University of Warwick in the UK, a BSc. in Systems Engineering from the University of Lagos, and a Professional Diploma from the Digital Marketing Institute, Ireland, amongst other qualifications.