With Mteto Nyati becoming the General Manager of MEA Emerging Regions, Microsoft South Africa has elected Zoaib Hoosen as the new Managing Director of Microsoft South Africa.
Nyati has been in this role since September 2008 and will be moving onto a more strategic role for Microsoft as General Manager: MEA Emerging Regions, while Hoosen will focus solely on the South African business.
Before joining Microsoft, Hoosen spent nearly 21 years at IBM, where he started as an IT graduate in 1989 and rose through the ranks to hold several leadership positions. In his final assignment at IBM, he headed up the company’s Middle East and Africa Public Sector Business.
Hoosen joined Microsoft SA in 2010 as the Enterprise and Partner Group (EPG) Director, before being promoted by Nyati to the strategic role of COO in 2013. Hoosen currently holds BSc and MBA degrees from the University of Durban-Westville and Open University in the UK respectively.
Nyati will be working with the leadership teams across MEA to develop and implement growth strategies for the emerging markets within the Middle East and Africa region.
“Since his appointment to the post a year ago, Zoaib has been managing a large portion of the Microsoft SA business. He is a natural fit as managing director for the business going forward,” says Nyati.
The main driver behind these trends is people, and Microsoft has always been a company that builds things for people rather than simply foroffice workers, consumers, IT professionals or developers, says Hoosen.