- Seni Sulyman Says Goodbye to Andela
Seni Sulyman, the Vice President, Global Operations, Andela, announced he would be stepping down effective May 15 after spending four years with the tech startup.
Sulyman made the surprise announcement on Thursday.
He said: “There is never a right time to say goodbye to a community I love from the bottom of my heart, and people I’ve built lifelong relationships with.
“After four tremendous years at Andela, I am transitioning out of my role as vice president of Global Operations and into the Alumni Network on May 15.
“I am immeasurably grateful for the privilege to have spent the last few years doing the hardest yet most fulfilling work of my career, with some of the most passionate and driven people I’ve met. My experience at Andela have permanently reinforced my sense of purpose and enhanced my belief in what’s possible when incredibly talented people from diverse cultures and contexts come together to pursue a bold mission” said Sulyman on Medium.
Sulyman joined Andela as director of operations in 2016 when the company was just two years old and within a year he became country director in Nigeria. Under his leadership, the company grew by more than 400 percent and emerged number 1 Jobberman’s Best 100 companies to work in Nigeria in 2018.
“This is a bitter-Sweet moment for me. It is difficult to leave when we’re still in the early days of a wicked global challenge with COVID-19 pandemic. I am also disappointed that I won’t be able to visit our various offices one more time in person due to travel restrictions imposed by various countries (which I agree with).
“I’ve second-guessed my decision to leave a few times, but there just isn’t ever a perfect time. I take comfort in the leaders and subject matter experts we have across the organization,” he said.
Sulyman plans to take some time off before putting some of his creative idea into practice.
“After some time off, I’ll plan my next great adventure in line with my life’s purpose of building an ecosystem of exemplary African businesses and leaders, and creating commercial bridges between Africa and the world,” he said.