Lillian Barnard has been appointed as the new managing director of Microsoft South Africa.
Lillian Barnard’s appointment as managing director of Microsoft South Africa comes shortly after Zoaib Hoosen resigned as MD, after being with the company for almost five years.
Lillian will be taking up the role as of 1 March, making her the first woman to hold the position since Microsoft reinvested in South Africa in the early 1990s.
Lillian joined Microsoft in May 2017 as a director of the public sector division, and was immediately earmarked as a potential successor to Zoaib.
Before she joined Microsoft, Lillian served as the chief sales officer at Vodacom and worked for IBM for 15 years. She has also served on the boards of Vodacom South Africa, Mango and the Dad-fund non-profit organisation. She is also patron of the Dream Girls International Outreach and Mentoring Programme of South Africa.
“Barnard is very passionate about the empowerment and advancement of women and has a personal mandate to develop Africa’s next generation of leaders,” the statement said.
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