Microsoft Appoints Nigerian as Director

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CEM REPORT | Microsoft has appointed a Nigerian, Kunle Awosika as the managing director of the Africa Transformation Office (ATO).

The global tech giant, appointed the information and communication technology (ICT) guru, to succeed Wael Elkabbany who has now been appointed as the new head of the Africa Regional Cluster.

Business Insider reports that in accepting his new role Awosika said:

I am passionate about Africa’s incredible potential to become a truly connected continent that exports digital goods and services to the rest of the world.

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to meaningfully impact this growth and help unlock the continent’s full digital potential.”

“I look forward to playing a role in unlocking Africa’s potentials as the ATO develops and steers strategic partnership with governments, international organizations, and partners to accelerate digital transformation agendas and fuel a knowledge-based economy.”

Congratulating Awosika on a well-deserved position his predecessor Elkabbany noted that Kunle’s rich experience and zeal for Africa’s growth suit him well for the office he has just assumed.

“With his multifaceted experience of the continent and deep understanding of transformative technology, Kunle Awosika is ideally placed to lead the strategy, investments and initiatives of Microsoft’s transformation plans for the Africa continent,”

Before his present appointment, Awosika was a director of Enterprise Business and Country Manager Microsoft Kenya and director of Small and Medium Corporates, Emerging Markets.

He has a deep understanding of the business environment to grow and propel investment for the company in digital infrastructure, skilling, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and startups.

The ICT expert has a track record of strong people leadership, innovation and sharp business acumen, founded on an in-depth understanding and passion for Africa’s growth in his 22-year-long career working in different countries.

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