Google Cloud has appointed former Oracle South Africa Managing Director Niral Patel as Regional Director for Sub-Saharan Africa.
Before Oracle, Patel also held various leadership roles at global tech companies including Microsoft, IBM, and Hitachi.
Patel brings with him more than 20 years of tech sales leadership to his new role and will be based in Johannesburg. He will be responsible for leading Google Cloud’s business across the Sub-Saharan Africa region.
“We have been seeing strong customer momentum in Africa, and companies ranging from digital natives to large corporations are coming to us to help them digitally transform and reinvent their business models,” said Abdul Rahman Al Thehaiban, Managing Director, Turkey, Middle East and Africa at Google Cloud.
“We are thrilled to have Niral join us as we accelerate the next stage of growth with our local teams, partners and customers. He brings a wealth of experience to the Google Cloud family.”
With 24 regions and 73 zones in 17 countries, Google Cloud delivers high-performance, low-latency cloud services to customers. It’s is the world’s third-largest cloud computing infrastructure provider after Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.=
Google Cloud has been a key partner in accelerating African businesses’ growth strategy using Cloud-based solutions like Google Workspace, Chromebooks, and Cloud infrastructure.