Google has appointed Alex Okosi, a Nigerian business executive, as its new Managing Director of Africa.
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Okosi’s new role to lead the operations of the global technology giant in Africa marks the end of his tenure as Managing Director for YouTube in EMEA Emerging Markets.
Okosi, seasoned media, entertainment, and technology leader, will be responsible for all of Google’s operations on the continent including helping African businesses and economies to grow; expanding access and providing digital tools to enterprises and individuals.
“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, Vice President, EMEA Emerging Markets at Google.
Prior to joining YouTube, he was Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Viacom International Media Networks Africa and BET International.
“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,” said Okosi in an official statement by Google.
A brilliant executive who graduated magna cum laude with a dual major in Business Administration and Economics from St. Michael’s College in Vermont, Okosi’s business acumen and dedication to excellence have been consistently recognised throughout his career. He was named a member of the UK Powerlist in 2022.
The list recognises men and women across a wide range of industries, including business, science, technology, and the arts, for their incredible impact. He was first selected for the Powerlist in October 2021 after joining YouTube in 2020 — a company where he led the successful roll-out of the YouTube Shorts feature and the YouTube Kids app in the EMEA Emerging Markets.