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Femi Abodunde

Exp. Fortune 500 and Emerging Market Startups.


Born in New York United States of America

Mr. Abodunde has a background in senior field management in The Fortune 500, & also more recently as a contract consultant in Nigeria with startups that operate across Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

Mr. Abodunde started his career in the consumer electronics industry (hardware, software, entertainment media, ecommerce, bricks and mortar) where he worked his way up to become a General Manager and Director (DM) at Best Buy. He then continued his career in senior field management roles at various other well recognized Fortune 500 companies.

Mr. Abodunde is known for a mantra that promotes the digital economy, information and communications technology (ICT) as tools of economic empowerment, and has also completed an Executive Education Program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government with part focus on that subject matter.

Mr. Abodunde was a speaker at New York University's 2nd annual African Economic Forum and also at the City University of New York's 2nd Annual Young African Leaders Symposium, both events are focused on how media and technology are reshaping African youth, business and society, both in the diaspora and on the African continent.

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Strategic Advisor and Mentor | Creative Visions Foundation
Malibu, United States of America | 2012 - present

Arts, Culture and Entertainment

Creative Visions Foundation, is a recognized United Nations NGO.

CVF is a non-profit that has incubated more than 100 projects and productions on 5 continents, through fiscal sponsorship, mentorship, inspiration, fundraising and connectivity. Creative Activists under the CVF umbrella have touched more than 90 million people and raised more than 11.2 million dollars to fund their projects.


Advisor | Guidepoint Global
Lagos, Nigeria | 2011 - present

Consulting and Project Management

Mr. Abodunde works independently and through Guidepoint to provide leadership on a short term contract and on an on call basis, this includes assuming 'hands on' management roles within organizations. Recent clients and engagements in Nigeria have included, iFlix, is a streaming video service partnership between highly successful, disruptive entrepreneurs and Hollywood partners, Mara Group a pan African investment group with banking, real estate, infrastructure, and technology operations across Africa, Jumia, Africa’s largest eCommerce retailer and Alara, an African luxury lifestyle brand.


Previous Position(s)

Senior Manager | CarMax Inc
United States, United States of America | 2010 - 2012

Consumer Goods, Fashion and Retail

CarMax awards include being named 'A Fortune 100 Best Company To Work For' and 'America's Most Admired Company in Automotive Retailing.

Led operations teams.


General Manager | Sears
United States, United States of America | 2006 - 2010

Consumer Goods, Fashion and Retail

Sears has been previously named a 'Mobile Retailer of the Year' and is a recipient of the ENERGY STAR 'Sustained Excellence Award for Product Retailing and Energy Management.'

Led various store teams in implementing transformation initiatives.


General Manager and Director | Best Buy Inc
United, United States of America | 1999 - 2004

Consumer Goods, Fashion and Retail

Best Buy has been named a "Company of the Year" by Forbes magazine, ranked in the Top 10 of "America's Most Generous Corporations" by Forbes and has made Fortune magazine's List of Most Admired Companies.

Led single and multi-unit store teams across various market places

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New York University's 2nd annual African Economic Forum | 2013

Mr. Abodunde was a featured speaker at New York University's 2nd annual African Economic Forum and also at the City University of New York's 2nd Annual Young African Leaders Symposium, both events are focused on how media and technology are reshaping business, government and society on the African continent.

WhatsOnAfrica.Org | 2015

NIGERIA: A MOBILE RETAIL REVOLUTION IN THE WORKS?

Wall Street Journal | 2014

Redefining African Luxury in Lagos, Nigeria

Testimonials

Kanayo Bardi

"Femi is a great guy to work with. He is quick witted and his latent ability to come up with fast and easy solutions that drives business growth & development is profound. He is an incurable optimist and infects his team daily with a rather fresh sense of motivation & new approach to work, a key attribute in a fast-paced work environment. He seamlessly designs effective communication channels that cuts across all departments and outsourced personnel by leveraging on social network platforms which knocks off mechanical efforts.

Femi is an interesting personality and a very productive member in the team. I have learnt a lot under his supervision in a very short time. Simply put, he is a ''market place-role model''.
" - 2015

Bernard Booker

"Femi changed my life with one opportunity. That one opportunity with Best Buy turned into a career in IT. He was a great leader and constantly challenged his management team to focus on developing us, the employees. He understood the importance of an employee's perspective, as much as he understood and taught us all about the customers perspective. I can remember his constant visits to spend time and chat with the technicians, he motivated us, and always brought along much needed humor. One thing I will never forget is after each interaction with us, he would ask for us to pull up the ticker on our monitors '...so I can check the stock market my friend.'" - 2016

John Frankovich, President, JJF Search

""Femi is one of the most detail-oriented, most ethical professionals I know. Femi is interested in finding "then" training and developing talent.'" - 2012

Peter Olugazie, Operations Manager, Easy Taxi, Nigeria

"Femi Abodunde has been a dedicated mentor to myself and several other indigenous senior managers across several of Africa Internet Group’s verticals in Nigeria. He has always taken time out of his constantly busy schedule to provide us with guidance on needed basis. His leadership has made all the difference in my growth at Africa Internet Group. E-commerce is still relatively new to Nigeria, and we have so few Nigerian mentors that really understand both the technology and human side of the business. We need more Nigerian business and technology mentors to help guide us, as this industry grows in West Africa and Nigeria. Their understanding of local culture, combined with their experience in technology and business can only help us all to continue to grow. Femi serves this purpose for me." - 2016

Kathy Eldon, Founder and Chair Creative Visions Foundation

""Femi has generously contributed his extraordinary expertise in social media to our foundation and to me personally to create greater awareness of creative activism as a social movement."" - 2012

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