by TINTSWALO BALOYI
JOHANNESBURG – GOOGLE has appointed Alex Okosi as Managing Director for Africa.
He is currently Managing Director for YouTube in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Emerging Markets.
In his new role, Okosi will be responsible for Google’s operations in Africa including programmes 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.
“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 Vice President, EMEA Emerging Markets.
Okosi is hailed as 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.
“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,” said Okosi.
He describes himself as 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.
Google has been operating in Africa for over a decade and has offices in Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa.
– CAJ News