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Microsoft SA appoints first female MD


Lillian Barnard has been appointed Managing Director of Microsoft South Africa - the first woman to hold this position in the organisation's history. She currently serves as director of Microsoft's local public sector unit.

Lillian will replace Zoaib Hoosen, who joined Microsoft SA in 1989 and has served as MD since July 2014.

“Succeeding someone who has led with such distinction is an honour," she said in a statement. "Zoaib has ensured that I will be taking over an extraordinary organisation. The business truly is in a strong position as a result of his commitment over the last five years. I am planning to continue to drive this growth as we move forward.”

Before joining Microsoft, Barnard was chief sales officer at Vodacom and worked for IBM for 15 years.

She has more than 20 years’ ICT experience having been in leadership roles both in South Africa and internationally and has served on the boards of Vodacom South Africa and Mango.

In addition to her corporate duties, she is a patron of the Dream Girls International Outreach and Mentoring Programme of South Africa.

Lillian completed her B.Com Honours in Business Economics in 1993 through the University of the Western Cape.


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