Google announced Tuesday that Alex Okosi, currently Managing Director for YouTube in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, will become the company’s new Managing Director for Africa.
In the new role, Okosi will oversee Google’s operations across the continent, including initiatives to support economic growth and provide greater internet access.
“Alex is a proven leader with deep expertise in media, entertainment and technology,” said Meir Brand, Google’s Vice President for Europe, the Middle East and Africa Emerging Markets, in a statement. “He understands the diverse needs of African countries and is passionate about using technology to empower people and businesses.”
Okosi brings over two decades of experience to the job. Before joining YouTube in 2015, he served as Executive Vice President and Managing Director for Viacom International Media Networks Africa and BET International. At YouTube, he spearheaded expansion in Africa and other emerging markets.
“I’m thrilled at the opportunity to lead Google’s team in Africa,” Okosi said. “I firmly believe in the potential for technology and the internet to transform lives and support businesses across this dynamic continent that is so close to my heart.”
Google has operated in Africa for over 10 years, with offices in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa. Millions across the continent already use its products and services daily.
As Managing Director, Okosi will aim to accelerate that growth. Initiatives will likely include increasing internet access, promoting digital skills development, and helping businesses leverage Google’s tools.
The appointment comes as Google faces growing scrutiny over its power and market dominance. But in Africa, it has a chance to demonstrate the positive impact technology can have on underserved populations.