Meet new Google boss: Alex Okosi appointed Managing Director for Africa
Google, a global leader in technology and online services, has announced a strategic leadership change that signals its commitment to the African continent.
Alex Okosi, the current Managing Director for YouTube in EMEA Emerging Markets, will assume the role of Managing Director for Google in Africa, effective immediately.
In this new capacity, Okosi will oversee Google’s extensive operations in Africa, with a primary focus on spearheading programs that promote business growth and economic development across the continent.
Additionally, he will work towards expanding internet access and providing valuable online tools to empower the following billion users in Africa.
Meir Brand, Vice President of EMEA Emerging Markets at Google, expressed his confidence in Okosi’s abilities, stating:
“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.”
Mr Okosi brings a wealth of expertise and a remarkable track record to his new role. Prior to joining YouTube, he held the position of Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Viacom International Media Networks Africa and BET International.
During his tenure at YouTube, Mr Okosi played a pivotal role in driving the platform’s growth and expansion throughout 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.
“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.”
Google has maintained a strong presence in Africa for over a decade, with offices in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa.
Its products and services have become an integral part of daily life for millions of Africans, offering valuable resources and opportunities for businesses, education, and personal growth.