Microsoft South Africa has appointed Lillian Barnard as its new Managing Director, efficient March 1, 2019. Barnard, the present Director for Public Sector at Microsoft, will substitute Zoaib Hoosen who has resigned after practically 5 years on the helm.
Since his appointment in 2014, Hoosen has efficiently pushed Microsoft’s development in South Africa, overseeing the enterprise’ evolution to the cloud and computing on the edge. He has additionally been pivotal in constructing programmes round digital abilities growth particularly among the many youth, serving to to digitally rework training, and enabling entry to expertise for social influence, whereas additionally serving to South African companies to digitally rework.
Barnard joined Microsoft in Might 2017 in her function as Director, Public Sector, and was instantly earmarked as a possible successor to Hoosen. She has greater than 20 years’ ICT expertise having been in management roles each in South Africa and internationally.
“South Africa continues to be one in every of Microsoft’s key markets to drive our digital transformation ambitions and empower governments, organisations and people to realize extra,” stated Samer Abu-Ltaif, President Center East and Africa at Microsoft. “Lillian is a seasoned skilled with confirmed capabilities and a robust understanding of the area. We consider she is simply the fitting individual to tackle this function and additional strengthen Microsoft’s dedication to South Africa to gas financial development, drive prosperity, and rework industries and societies”
Throughout her tenure at Microsoft, Barnard has pulled collectively a robust Public Sector crew that has delivered modern digital options and helped digitally rework the South African Authorities.
She has additionally been pivotal in re-igniting the South African chapter of Ladies@Microsoft and spurring a tradition that embraces gender equality within the office.
Barnard could be very passionate in regards to the empowerment and development of ladies and has a private mandate to develop Africa’s subsequent technology of leaders. She is patron of the Dream Women Worldwide Outreach and Mentoring Programme of South Africa.
Her growth and influence as a pacesetter, as a spokesperson, as technologist and as a vendor inside Microsoft have positioned her as a perfect successor able to main Microsoft South Africa into its subsequent thrilling chapter.
Previous to becoming a member of Microsoft, Barnard served because the Chief Gross sales Officer at Vodacom and labored for IBM for 15 years, seven of which had been on the European Headquarters in France and Switzerland, the place she held many key positions.
She has served on the Boards of Vodacom South Africa, Mango Airways and the Dad-fund Non-Revenue Organisation.
“Succeeding somebody who has led with such distinction is an honour. Zoaib has ensured that I can be taking on a unprecedented organisation. The enterprise actually is in a robust place on account of his dedication during the last 5 years. I’m planning to proceed to drive this development as we transfer ahead,” Barnard stated.
Microsoft is grateful for Hoosen’s service and needs him effectively in his future endeavours and welcomes Barnard into her new function.