Technology multinationals operating in the Kenyan market were shaking up their leadership teams for the better part of Q4 2019. Networking corporation, Cisco, for instance, appointed Sally Kimeu as its Regional Manager for East Africa in October. In the same month, former Oracle Country Leader Corine Mbiaketcha was appointed to serve Visa as East Africa’s General Manager. A few months earlier, software organization Andela appointed former BRCK exec Janet Maingi as Kenya Country Director.
2020 is taking the same approach as Microsoft has named Kendi Nderitu as Kenya Country Manager. Kendi has been in the technology space for a decade and a half, having previously served as the General Manager of the East, West and Central Africa Cluster for Check Point Software – a global organization that specializes in security systems. She has also had stints at Oracle, HP, and Intel where she was tasked with the implementation of business strategies in sub-Saharan Africa.
Kendi’s new role will see her develop and maintain effective relationships across Microsoft’s subsidiaries, and regional sales and marketing departments. According to a message from Microsoft Kenya office, Kendi’s role also calls for the creation of strategies, building of plans, allocation of resources and the establishment of priorities and supervising engagements – all with the ultimate goal of increasing Microsoft’s share of voice.
“I am excited to join Microsoft at a time when digitization is seen as a key driver of progress and transformation in Africa. Microsoft’s mission is to empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more and I feel privileged to be the custodian of that mission in Kenya,” says Kendi.
“We are extremely excited to have Kendi join our dynamic team and are confident that her extensive experience will go a long way in contributing to our overall mission of helping the continent on its digital transformation journey, while also driving greater diversity and inclusion across STEM fields,” said Ibrahim Youssry, Regional General Manager Middle East & Africa Multi-Country Region at Microsoft.