Microsoft has today announced the appointment of Kendi Nderitu to be its Country Manager for Kenya. She joins Microsoft from Check point Software where she was the General Manager of the East, West and Central Africa Cluster. She has over 15 years of experience in the industry and is an IT business leader in the region.
Besides Check Point, Kendi has worked for some of the top companies in the region including Oracle, HP and Intel. She has worked on leading and implementing business strategies across the sub-Saharan region.
Kendi has received recognition as an Emerging Leader in Innovation and Entrepreneurship by the US government through the TechWomen program. She is passionate about the potential of technology to streamline trade and commerce on the continent.
Kendi is also the founder of She-Goes-Tech, an initiative created with the purpose of mentoring young girls and women who are pursuing STEM careers. Her dedication to mentoring women in the tech space has also seen her lead gender inclusion discussions across different forums, including the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
“I am excited to join Microsoft at a time when digitisation is seen as a key driver of progress and transformation in Africa. Microsoft’s mission is to empower every person and organisation on the planet to achieve more and I feel privileged to be the custodian of that mission in Kenya,” says Kendi.
In her new role, Kendi will be responsible for developing and maintaining effective relationships across the company’s subsidiaries, and regional sales and marketing departments. The role also calls for the creation of strategies, building of plans, allocation of resources and the establishment of priorities and supervising engagements – all with the ultimate goal of increasing Microsoft’s share of voice.
Ibrahim Youssry, Regional General Manager Middle East & Africa Multi-Country Region at Microsoft welcomed Kendi’s appointment saying, “We are extremely excited to have Kendi join our dynamic team and are confident that her extensive experience will go a long way in contributing to our overall mission of helping the continent on its digital transformation journey, while also driving greater diversity and inclusion across STEM fields.”