Microsoft South Africa appoints a new managing director

Barnard currently serves as the director for the public sector at Microsoft and has over 20 years of ICT experience in leadership roles both locally and internationally.

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Lillian Barnard, newly appointed MD, Microsoft South Africa

Microsoft South Africa has announced the appointment of Lillian Barnard as its new managing director effectively March 1st 2019. She takes over from Hoosen Zoaib who served in that position for nearly five years.

Barnard currently serves as the director for the public sector at Microsoft and has over 20 years of ICT experience in leadership roles both locally and internationally.

“Succeeding someone who has led with such distinction is an honour,” said Barnard. Adding; “Zoaib has ensured that I will be taking over an extraordinary organisation, she said, adding that she is planning to build upon Hoosen’s work.

She previously worked for IBM for 15 years – seven of which were at the company’s headquarters in Europe – before serving as Chief Sales Officer at Vodacom.

“Lillian is a seasoned professional with proven capabilities and a strong understanding of the region,” said Samer Abu-Ltaif, president of the Middle East and Africa at Microsoft. “We believe she is just the right person to take on this role and further strengthen Microsoft’s commitment to South Africa to fuel economic growth, drive prosperity, and transform industries and societies.”

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