In an empowering bold move towards inclusion and diversity, Software Engineer Teju Ajani, former country manager for Android Partnerships at Google has been appointed as the managing director for Apple in Nigeria.
Ajani, who resumed duties this month will lend her expertise towards overseeing sales and business development at Apple. She announced the appointment in a LinkedIn post on Tuesday.
Ajani who was Google’s Nigeria head for Android, since April 2018, prior to her new role was the principal product manager at Oracle and business development manager at Google for Nigeria.
She also served as the YouTube head of content partnerships for Sub Saharan Africa between January 2014 and April 2018.
As Head of YouTube content partnerships for Sub Saharan Africa, the 47 year old has led the strong growth in content acquisition, development and support for the creator ecosystem across the region.
According to Ajani, a seasoned global Business leader with 20+ years of technology leadership, her years of experience will guide her in contributing to the organisation and impacting positively in Africa.
“The great thing about experience is that you get to take it with you wherever you go. Along the way, you get to know your (corporate) self and if lucky, figure out who you want to be “when you grow up”. Successes, failures, lessons learned, all go with you from place to place where you get to reflect, add and refine them,” she wrote.
“I’m excited to be starting a new role with an amazing company and brand, Apple, in Nigeria and bringing all that to bear. Having intentionally sought a role in Africa and worked specifically on the continent for the past decade, the pace of growth and possibilities are still exciting and make it a dynamic place to figure out how to bring another global brand to bear.
“Africa does have its challenges right alongside all the opportunities. It is a place that can reward long term vision versus short term focus. Technology is very much an enabler, just like it most of the rest of the world. However, the impact on Africa is, and can continue to be exponential.
“Being part of that enabling force is extremely rewarding and something I am excited to continue in a new capacity and bring all that experience to bear upon. Here’s to work adventures.” she said.
Ajani’s appointment marks Apple’s first Africa top-executive employment.
Teju Ajani has accumulated a wealth of experience having worked in with major companies in technology, strategy and marketing in North America, Europe and Africa. She is a strong advocate for women in leadership.