Nigeria’s Kunle Awosika has been appointed as the new Managing Director by Microsoft to head its African Transformation Office (ATO). He takes over from Wael Elkabbany who has served in the position for barely nine months before being appointed as the firm’s head of Africa Regional Cluster.
Kunle has a career spanning over 22 years working in different countries in the continent.
He has held various positions at Microsoft including being one of the three pioneer team members when Microsoft opened its office in Nigeria, director of Enterprise Business and Country Manager Microsoft Kenya and director of Small and Medium Corporates, Emerging Markets.
Speaking about his appointment, Kunle expressed confidence in his ability to assist Africa in realizing its 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,” said Kunle.
When welcoming him to his new role, his predecessor Wael Elkabbany remarked that his extensive expertise and passion for the development of Africa make him a good fit for the position he is taking.
“While 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,” said Elkabbany.
ATO, a Microsoft company that was established in 2021, is in charge of leading projects for digital transformation in Africa. It focuses on promoting investment and allowing growth in four important areas: small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), start-ups, skilling, and digital infrastructure.
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