Cape Town – Zimbabwean corporate executive James Manyika, has reportedly been appointed by Google as its first Senior Vice President of Technology and Society.
Manyika’s new job at Google, according to Business Insider Africa, entails shaping and sharing Google’s views on how technology affects societies, touching on issues such as the future of work, artificial intelligence, and sustainability, with a focus on how all of these affect societies, their economies, and the planet as a whole.
“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,” the report quoted Google’s Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai as saying.
According to Zim Live, Manyika has spent over 20 years in Silicon Valley, California, the United States.
He brings nearly 30 years of corporate experience with him.
Manyika has participated in a number of national and international taskforces.
At some point, as part of the Competes Act, he was appointed by former US President Barack Obama to serve as vice-chair of the Global Development Council at the White House, as well as by two US Commerce Secretaries to the Digital Economy Board and the National Innovation Board, the report added.
He currently serves on the boards of the Hewlett, MacArthur, and Markle philanthropic foundations, as well as the Aspen Institute, to name a few.
Manyika’s appointment comes on the heels of Zimbabwean billionaire Strive Masiyiwa’s appointment to Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s new board of trustees.
Compiled by Sinothando Siyolo