Oliver Fortuin Is taking over from Mark Harris as GM for IBM's business in sub-Saharan Africa, effective 6 July.
Earlier this year, Fortuin rejoined IBM from HP, where he was country manager. He had previously working for IBM, leading the country's former PC business in Africa. He has also led teams in Africa, the USA and Europe, working across key market sectors such as financial services, distribution and public sector.
Harris, who has been at the helm of the South African operation for over 10 years, will take on an international position with IBM Central & Eastern Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEEMEA) as vice-president, CEEMEA Business Development.
In this new role, Harris will be responsible for emerging business opportunities across that region, with specific focus on driving opportunities related to IBM's Africa expansion.
"As one of our fastest growing regions in the world, sub-Saharan Africa is one of IBM's key markets where we are continually increasing our presence and expanding our portfolio of solutions and services", says Steve Cowley, Gm of CEEMEA. "These two appointments will help drive IBM's aim to be the lead partner for innovation and smart solutions across the region."
IBM has invested more than $120-million in the last two years as part of its strategy to focus on the world’s growth markets. In addition to its operations in South Africa, earlier this year IBM announced subsidiary offices in Nairobi, Kenya and Lagos, Nigeria. IBM's investment in Africa includes an Africa Innovation Centre, based in Johannesburg, which is home to a software solutions laboratory and a banking centre of excellence. The company has also donated a Blue Gene supercomputer, which is located at Cape Town’s Centre for High Performance Computing, to be used for research by institutions across sub-Saharan Africa.