Nigeria’s Alex Okosi now heads Google’s operations in Africa

By : Melchior Koba

Date : vendredi, 08 septembre 2023 13:09

He has over two decades of experience in media, entertainment, and technology. With his new role at Google Africa, he will play a greater role in promoting a digitally inclusive and prosperous future for the entire continent.

Alex Okosi (photo) is a Nigerian-born business executive. Last September 5, he was appointed Managing Director of Google in Africa. At that post, he will lead the company's operations on the continent, including programs to help businesses and economies grow, as well as expand Internet access and provide tools to help the next billion users get more out of the Web.

"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 Alex 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," he added.

The new executive attended university in the United States. In 1998, he graduated from Saint Michael's College with a Bachelor's in Business Administration and Economics. Before joining Google, he spent 22 years (1998-2020) with mass media company ViacomCBS (now Paramount Global). He held several executive positions, including General Manager of the BET International brand. He then worked for YouTube, between 2020 and 2023, as Managing Director of EMEA Emerging Markets.

Throughout his career, Alex Okosi has won several awards. In 2013, he was named Young Global Leader by the World Economic Foundation (WEF). In 2014, he won Up & Coming Future Leader of the Year at the Ai Investment & Business Leader Awards. In 2018, he was a finalist in the All Africa Business Leader Awards. The following year, he was made an honorary member of the National Institute Of Marketing Of Nigeria (NIMN).

Melchior Koba


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