While Microsoft SA veterans Albie Bester and Mark Reynolds prepare for new positions within the local organisation, ex-colleague Bradley Hopkinson – most recently a director of Simeka BSG – is heading to new pastures at Microsoft's head office in Seattle.
Bester will take over the South African operation's Information Worker division, recently vacated by Seattle-bound Cyril Belikoff, as soon as he completes today's launch of Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008.
The Information Worker division is responsible for Microsoft’s desktop productivity, unified communications and business intelligence products, amongst others.
Reynolds, who has been instrumental in shaping Microsoft SA’s anti-piracy efforts in recent years, as well as leading various customer and partner segments, has been promoted to Partner Lead in the company’s small and mid-market solutions & partners (SMS&P) division. He will play a key role in driving Microsoft’s renewed focus on the small and mid-sized market.
Meanhile, Yasmin Forbes has been appointed as national technology officer in the Public Sector business unit.
Forbes, who has worked in several leading South African and multinational IT companies, will support newly-appointed Public Sector Director Joshua Motjuwadi as Microsoft looks to work with government across key initiatives like improving service delivery, skills development and broadening digital inclusion.
Hopkinson, who worked for Microsoft SA before taking up the position as a director of Simeka BSG, yesterday announced his resignation at the company to take up a position at Microsoft in Seattle.