Jack Ngare brings to the table 15 years of experience in technology and finance in the region. [Photo/Innov8iv]
Jack Ngare brings to the table 15 years of experience in technology and finance in the region. [Photo/Innov8iv]

Jack Ngare, who only days ago announced his exit from his role as Managing Director of the Microsoft Africa Development Centre (ADC) in Kenya, has joined Google Cloud in the Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) as Technical Director.

His move comes following the announcement by Google that it was setting up a product development centre in Nairobi, the first on the continent. Google is hiring for various engineering, design and research roles for the centre.

“As Google Cloud builds its presence in Africa, I am honoured to join this growing team to better support local businesses,” Ngare stated. “With the growth of digitization, it is more important than ever to help companies use technology to modernize, scale, and reach their customers’ needs.”

Google Cloud CTO Will Garnis welcomed Ngare’s addition to the team. Google Cloud’s Office of the CTO (OCTO) is a global team of senior technology experts and former enterprise CTOs tasked with driving collaborative innovation between Google Cloud and its largest, most strategic customers.

“Google Cloud’s Office of the CTO not only helps our customers create their future with technology but also guides Google on what challenges the world’s enterprises are trying to solve,” he explained.

“We are thrilled to have Jack join our growing team and bring his expertise to companies based in Kenya and around the world.”

Ngare brings to the table 15 years of experience in technology and finance in the region. He joined Microsoft in 2019 and left just weeks after the colourful launch of a major new Microsoft ADC facility in Nairobi on March 24.

The centre will have 450 full-time employees. It focuses on empowering African developers and engineers to build tech-driven solutions for challenges on the continent while also offering global scalability.

Prior to Microsoft, Ngare led Finserve Africa – Equity Group’s fintech division. He has also worked for Stanbic Bank, NIC Bank and British Telecom.

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