After operating in the country since 2016 without a General Manager (GM), Microsoft has ended its search and finally announced Akin Banuso as new GM for Nigeria.
Akin Banuso, who is replacing Kabelo Makwane who left the Company late 2016, is coming on board with a good portfolio, after holding various senior positions within the Information and Communication Technology Industry over the past 20 years.
He is joining Microsoft from Dell EMC where he spent the last 12 years in various positions including Storage Practice Manager for Dell Services UK, Global Solutions Architect, EMEA Cloud and Converged Solutions Business Manager, Country Manager for Dell Nigeria and Country Leader for Ghana.
Banuso, who has also held positions at Siebel (Oracle), HP and Accenture, prior to Dell EMC, he held various leadership roles with customer organizations such as Banque Paribas, Shell and Friends Provident in the UK.
“I am very excited to lead the Microsoft business in Nigeria. Our mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, and I see so much potential in Nigeria,” the newly appointed Microsoft boss said.
As the General Manager of Microsoft in Nigeria, Banuso hopes, among many things, to address the challenge of local innovation.
“While most technology trends, innovations and consumer products come from the West and the East, Africans are realising that for us to solve the continent’s technology-related challenges, we have to find African solutions,” he said.
As a seasoned technology professional and thought leader within the technology ecosystem, Banuso will lead the company’s digital transformation drive in one of the most dynamic, innovative and largest economies on the continent.
“Since 2000, Microsoft has been partnering in Nigeria’s efforts to empower citizens through the development of Nigeria’s local software and information technology services industry. I am delighted to be at the forefront of this effort.
“Having collaborated with Microsoft over the last few years, I have first-hand knowledge of the talent within the team, and I’m really looking forward to working with them to bring the vision to life,” said Banuso.
Nigeria has shown continued expansion, including diversification within the oil sector and considerable infrastructure investment in the Information & Communication Technology (ICT) Industry vertical.
Microsoft firmly embraces this tremendous economic and social progress with Banuso at the helm of affairs. With his appointment effective June 2017, he would be responsible for driving the overall country business performance (people, revenue, and profitability) including the short-term and long-term performance of all customer segments at Microsoft Nigeria.