Microsoft South Africa has a new managing director, with Lillian Barnard now stepping into the role that Zoaib Hoosen vacated following five years at the helm.

Barnard takes over in the position of MD after she joined Microsoft South Africa in May 2017 as director of the public sector for the business. She also has more than two decades worth of experience in the ICT industry.

“South Africa continues to be one of Microsoft’s key markets to drive our digital transformation ambitions and empower governments, organisations and individuals to achieve more,” says Samer Abu-Ltaif, president of Middle East and Africa at Microsoft, in a press release regarding the appointment.

“Lillian is a seasoned professional with proven capabilities and a strong understanding of the region. We believe she is just the right person to take on this role and further strengthen Microsoft’s commitment to South Africa to fuel economic growth, drive prosperity, and transform industries and societies,” adds Abu-Latif.

In talking about her new role, Barnard acknowledged the work done by her predecessor.

“Succeeding someone who has led with such distinction is an honour. 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,” Barnard noted.

At this stage it remains to be seen what Barnard’s goals for Microsoft South Africa will be in coming years.