OutMobi: Moses Kemibaro, Sales Director in Africa For InMobi Quits Amidst Staff Retrenchments

Image: Moses Kemibaro at a Mobile Web conference in Lagos, Nigeria in April 2012. Photographed by Seun Oyeleke / TechLoy

When Moses Kemibaro left Dealfish (now rebranded to OLX) in December 2011, where he served as the company’s regional manager for East Africa, he was excitedly looking forward to a new career opportunity aligned with his own interests with digital marketing within the mobile space.

At the time, he was being hired as a Director for Sales in Africa at InMobi, the world’s largest independent mobile ad network. But that move has left him jobless once again as the mobile ad network recently shut down its Africa offices in a bid to likely cut down on overheads and operational costs.

However, sources say that Kemibaro as sales director has not been able to convert the over 35 million mobile ad consumers monthly and the over 9 billion ad impressions into revenues and profits for the company’s Africa operations.

When we contacted Kemibaro for his comment on the recent InMobi news, his response was: “No comment except that I am no longer at InMobi.” However, rumours have it that Kemibaro may have been fired for his inability to generate the required sales revenues for the company.

We also learned that the company’s Vice President and Managing Director for Africa, Isis N’yong’o may have left InMobi in September, although we’re yet to confirm this as she could not be reached for comment as at the time of writing this post.

As the InMobi (OutMobi, if you like) drama unfolds, we would be providing more info about the company’s sudden exit from Africa.


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