Microsoft South Africa’s MD Pfungwa Serima is leaving the company to pursue new business opportunities. Serima announced his resignation this week, but will stay on at Microsoft for the month of July to ensure a smooth transition for his successor.
Microsoft will deploy one of its most senior executives in its MEA (Middle East and Africa) region, business and marketing officer Fernando de Sousa, as acting-MD for Microsoft SA.
De Sousa, a South African ex-pat, is no stranger to the country or the business and will be based in South Africa from 1 July. The company said it has already begun the process of identifying a long-term successor for Serima from South Africa’s pool of home-grown talent.
Serima joined Microsoft SA in 2004 as services director, and assumed the MD position in 2006.
Ali Faramawy, MEA area vice-president for Microsoft International, says his tenure has been marked by “extremely strong growth” in Microsoft’s key mid-market and enterprise sectors, and a strong focus on the company’s 7 000-strong the partner ecosystem.
“Pfungwa has been instrumental in driving customer satisfaction, addressing the unique technology needs of a diverse market, and growing the software business in South Africa and the region,” says Faramawy.
“In line with his passion for skills development, his role included establishing and managing the first Microsoft Graduate Academy, an initiative which aims to develop IT skills in South Africa on a large scale. Under Pfungwa’s stewardship the company has delivered solid growth, and we owe him a debt of gratitude for his contribution. We wish him the very best for the future.”