Nairobi — Google has picked Alex Okosi to lead its operations in Africa starting today.
Following the appointment, Okosi will take over as the tech firm's new Managing Director (MD).
Previously, the Nigerian served as MD for YouTube in the Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region.
In his new role, he will be responsible for Google's operations in Africa, including programs to help businesses and economies on the continent grow, as well as expanding access and providing tools to help the next billion users get more from the Web.
"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," said Meir Brand, Vice President, EMEA Emerging Markets at Google.
Okosi is a seasoned media, entertainment, and technology leader.
Prior to joining YouTube, he held the positions of Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Viacom International Media Networks Africa and BET International.
In his most recent position at YouTube, Okosi played a pivotal role in steering the platform's growth and expansion across 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 been operating in Africa for over a decade and has offices in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa.