Google Appoints Alex Okosi As New Managing Director for Africa

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Big tech company, Google has announced the appointment of Nigeria’s Alex Okosi as its new Managing Director (MD) for Africa. This was revealed in a statement made available to Technext.

Until now, Alex Okosi was the Managing Director for YouTube in EMEA Emerging Markets, a role he is expected to relinquish before taking on the leadership of the company’s activities in Africa.

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Speaking on the new role, Alex said he believes technology has the potential to massively improve the lives of Africans. As such, he is excited to lead Google’s charge towards that objective.

“I am excited at the prospect of leading Google’s team in Africa and the opportunity to be an even closer part of this diverse and dynamic region, which is so close to my heart. I’m a firm believer in the potential for technology and, in particular, the internet to improve people’s lives and to help individuals and businesses in Africa to thrive,” he said.

Google appoints Alex Okosi as new Managing Director for Africa

Alex Okosi’s duties as Head of Google in Africa

Okosi is a seasoned media, entertainment, and technology leader. Prior to joining YouTube, he held the position of Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Viacom International Media Networks Africa and BET International. In his most recent position at YouTube, Okosi played a pivotal role in steering the platform’s growth and expansion across Africa, the Middle East, and Turkey.

In his new role, Okosi will be responsible for Google’s operations in Africa including programs to help businesses and economies on the continent to grow, as well as expanding access and providing tools to help the next billion users get more from the Web.

Speaking on Alex Okosi’s ability to deliver in his new role, Vice President, EMEA Emerging Markets at Google, Meir Brand describes him as a proven leader with a passion for technology.“Alex is a proven leader with a wealth of experience in the media and technology industries. He has a deep understanding of African countries and a passion for using technology to empower people and businesses,” said Meir Brand.Google has been operating in Africa for over a decade and has offices in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa. The company’s products and services are used by millions of people in Africa every day.

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