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Microsoft SA scoops IBM exec for top job

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Microsoft has appointed Mteto Nyati to head up its South African subsidiary as the company steps up its plans to grow its business across all sectors of the local economy.

Nyati, who assumes his new position on 1 September, comes to Microsoft from a 12-year career at IBM, where he was the director of IBM Global Technology Services for South and Central Africa since June 2005.
Ali Faramawy, the vice-president of Microsoft's Middle East and Africa region, said Nyati brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from his time at IBM in a series of senior roles.
"This is a pivotal time for Microsoft SA," he says. "I believe the company is well-placed to drive even greater levels of value for our customers and partners at an individual, organisational and national level – making them more competitive and more able to achieve their potential. We believe Mteto's experience makes him the ideal person to drive our local business forward."
Nyati, who led three large business units – telecommunications, Small & Medium Business and IBM Global Services – in his time at IBM, says he aims to continue building on the success of Microsoft SA, and to help its customers, partners and the community to better harness technology.
"South Africa is a key market for Microsoft, and this is an exciting time for the ICT industry and the country. It's an honour to be leading a team that is committed and passionate about contributing to the nation and its people in this way," he says.
Nyati holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Natal and an MBA from Wits University. He was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship in 1985, and in 2004 was named as one of the Yale University's World Fellows on Global Leadership.