Google appoints Zimbabwean as Senior Vice President

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James Manyika

Google has appointed James Manyika as the company’s first Senior Vice President of Technology and Society. Manyika will report directly to Alphabet’s (Google’s parent company) CEO Sundar Pichai and will be working on the impact of technology on society and the environment.

“I’m thrilled that James Manyika will be joining Google’s leadership team. He’s spent decades working at the intersection of technology and society and has advised a number of businesses, academic institutions and governments along the way.”

Sundar Pichai, Alphabet and google CEO

James Manyika is a University of Zimbabwe and University of Oxford graduate. He serves on Harvard, MIT, Oxford, Stanford and other top institutions’ research boards. Before assuming his new post at Google, Manyika worked at McKinsey Global Institute where he was chairman and director.

Additionally, Manyika is also a published author, co-authoring titles like No Ordinary Disruption: The Four Global Forces Breaking All the Trends, How to compete and grow: A sector guide to policy, Disruptive technologies: Advances that will transform life, business, and the global economy, Big data: The next frontier for innovation, competition, and productivity and many others.

It’s been quite a couple of years for Zimbabweans in the tech field. In 2020, Econet Founder, Strive Masiyiwa was appointed to Netflix’s board and in the same year Ralph Mupita was appointed as the CEO of MTN Group.

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  1. Doug

    A prophet is without honour, except in his own country. Without ZES* our professionals shine from outside.

  2. Disgruntled

    Clickbait! The headline makes it seem as if he has been appointed as Senior Vice President of Google. Why can’t you be specific in your headlines?

    1. Disgruntled 2

      I concur, it’s very unprofessional of them, they should have specified a bit
      Does look a whole lot like Click Bait.

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  3. Shami

    Alphabet Inc is formerly Google Inc. Most likely they used Google because most people know it as such. Congratulations James Manyika. We are proud of you.

  4. Eng Fumai Bhiza

    Congratulations to our very own JM. That’s scaling Zim’s professionals high on the global market in a way never seen before. This is incredible and his profile tells it all. Well done Google Team for recognizing the very best irrespective of origin, race and color. That’s what business is all about at the end of the day.

  5. FrancisGaviro

    Welldone bro Manyika, in Shona we say ‘Watidadisa’, lead the world

  6. Orper Chibvongodze

    Congratulations James Manyika

  7. Themba Mudimu

    Congratulations to our very own making it to the top level. Well done Mr Manyika

  8. Oneile Hall

    Congratulations to our very own. The sky is the limit man.

  9. Anonymous

    Congrats JM this is a signal to our leaders that Zimboz given the opportunities and platform are a great pple… solve the political and economic rot si that Zim can be a great nation and be happy again

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  11. Stephen

    Congratulations Manyika

  12. Evans M

    Congratulations manyika of our neighboring Country watidadisa

  13. Miss Tee

    As long as vamwe vanhu vachitonga vanhu vakadai havadzoki nyika yechizvagwa, Imagine kutotererwa naBarak wekwedu asingakuhweyi. Congrats to you sir

  14. Ester Dewu

    Congratulations James, no limits, no boundaries, you have made us Zimbabwe and the whole world proud. Shine on!

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  16. Daniel tom

    Zvodadisa kuwana vana vekwesu vachipinda mabasa anemutsindo pasi rose congrats sir

  17. Daniel tom

    Zvodadisa kuwana vana vekwedu vachipinda mabasa anemutsindo pasi rose congrats sir

  18. Anonymous

    Thank our brothers may God increase you more and more

  19. Clever Gesifana

    Congratulations Mr Manyika let the sky be the limit for every success that comes your way.Thank you google for this substantive honor you have offered to our fellow Zimbabwebean on this global challenge.To Mr Manyika kip our flag rising and waving with free Lance.

  20. Joao

    One of our own, Congratulations big brother

  21. Shingi

    Congratulations James Manyika. If only our political leaders knew that our nation is now gone past the dispensation of “power” but brains, they would have long sat on the table and gathered all the brains for economic freedom.

  22. Lindah Katai

    Well done my brother. May God keep increasing your territory .

  23. Margaret Gwekwerere

    Congratulations Mr Manyika your have made Zimbabweans see the better side of life not to give up and may God keep blessing more committed people like you Zimbabwe shine in Jesus name Amen.

  24. Wesshumba B

    Yu have added wings on our Zimbabwe lest our leaders try to clip them off. I congratulate yu Mr Manyika. Yu have made our Zimbabwe great. The sky is the limit brother but if God permits, shoot through brother. I thank Google for choosing the big brains of Afrika. I say rise and shine Zimbabwe and Africa at large.

  25. Tamidza

    zim has talent

  26. Ngoni edwin chada

    Congratulations Mr Manyika sky is the limit, fly the zimbabwen flag high

  27. Matereke

    Makorokoto makuru-kuru aManyika🙏

  28. Xolani

    Good job and keep that country on the Map so one day will be led by intelligent guys like u .

  29. Farai Kanodereka

    Wow you have made us proud James Munyaradzi may God keep directing you l remember the last days you were here and still young you asked me and said what do you want to be when you grow up and we joked about this You were very ambitious from young age hey l grew up with guy actually he is my muzukuru lm proud of

  30. Taurayi Marimo

    Makorokoto makuru Mr. Manyika. Massimudza mureza we Zimbabwe. Todada nemi.

  31. Vincent Munjeri

    I congratulate you MD Manyika for obtaining that post. It’s a challenge. I however encourage you guys not forget the situation your country is in. Your post are very influential.

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  33. Ogunwole blessing Emmanuel

    My name is ogunwole blessing Emmanuel I’m from oyo state Nigeria,… I. A building technician also an up coming civil engineer,.. please I want to work with this genuine and large organization like this please kindly contact me if there’s any opportunity thanks…yes I truly love everything about Google, their decision and their managerial terms, it really clever and futured..

  34. Kennedy Ndava

    Makorokoto baba vaManyika that’s awesome sir keep on within this blessed line you are always great person.

  35. Anonymous

    Congratulations….. God is good. Raise the Zimbabwean flag higher.. We are proud

  36. Victor

    Mwana we pasi iyeye.. We proud of you

  37. JoeCrusher

    This is encouraging. Congratulations Mr. Manyika.

  38. JoeCrusher

    This is so encouraging. Congratulations Mr. Manyika.
    Best wishes on your new role!

  39. Mariyeti Mpala

    Siyabonga shuwa wangakithi Nkosi kubusise

  40. ED

    Famba mwana wevhu

  41. Captain

    Congratulation to someone for being an employee is the main reason that has kept this nation poor, him being at Alphabet doesn’t add any value as Zimbabweans or Africa as a whole. We need entrepreneurs such Aliko Dangote, Strive Masiyiwa and the like , the actual people making a difference on the continent and the world at large …

    1. Kudzayi

      If everyone is a enterprenuer then who will do the work , if being a businessman is your goal let it be , some people are Born to be entrepreneurs , some are born to be workers , if we can’t all be enterprenuers

      1. Captain

        Robots 🤭🤭🤭

        1. 🔥🔥🔥

          Taura hako my guy, it doesn’t make any sense with the high level of education that he is supposedly assumed to possess and being content working for a company owned by college dropouts,people need to grow up and stop supporting stupid people…

  42. John

    Zimbabweans are very capable,we only have bad leadership at home….

  43. Ozias Mushunje

    Mukoma Jemusi mandipasa manyemwe.We are vry proud of you our fellow brother.Ndonyayaka dzekuverenga pabepa nhau uchinyemwerera kaidzi.Thanx once more again for the inspiration.

  44. Brian

    Pity our political leadership is rubbish

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