Highways agency adds ex-Facebook bigwig to boardroom line-up
Social network’s former regional leader Diego Oliva appointed to non-executive post
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National Highways has announced that former Facebook senior manager Diego Oliva has joined its boardroom set-up.
From 2009 to 2015, Oliva led the social network’s operations across the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. Shortly after leaving the online firm, he co-founded Glue Home – a company which provides a motorized front-door lock that can be opened remotely with a smartphone-based digital key, allowing goods to be delivered even while the householder is away.
Also on his CV is an eight-year stint at Swedish-headquartered digital marketing outfit Tradedoubler, as well as five years as a non-executive director of takeaway website Just Eat. He is also a silent partner in several venture capital firms.
Dipesh Shah, chairman of the board at National Highways, said: “I am delighted to welcome Diego to the Board. Now, more than ever, digital technology will transform how we build, maintain, operate and use our roads and play a vital role in making them safer, greener and cleaner. Diego’s extensive experience will help us on our journey, and in particular, how we connect with our customers, the users of our roads.”
Oliva added: “I’m honoured to join National Highways’ board and am looking forward to helping connect people and communities more safely, efficiently and sustainably. In particular, I’m looking forward to help to improve customer experience using technology.”
National Highways operates as a government-owned company and is funded via the Department for Transport. Its remit is to oversee the safe operation and maintenance of England’s 4,300-mile network of motorways and major A-roads.
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