Niral will be responsible for the company’s sales and continued development of it’s go-to-market operations.
Google has announced the appointment of Niral Patel, former Oracle South Africa MD, as regional director of Google Cloud in sub-Saharan Africa. He will be based in Johannesburg.
“He will have overall responsibility for the company’s sales strategy and continued development of its go-to-market sales operations,” said the Google statement. “Patel will be focused on supporting the growth and scale of Google Cloud customers across a variety of industries.”
Niral is an industry stalwart, with more than 20 years of tech sales leadership under his belt, having also held leading roles at Microsoft, IBM and Hitatchi.
“We have been seeing strong customer momentum in Africa, and companies ranging from digital natives to large corporations are coming to us to help them digitally transform and reinvent their business models,” said Abdul Rahman Al Thehaiban, MD for Turkey, Middle East and Africa at Google Cloud.
He added: “We are thrilled to have Niral join us as we accelerate the next stage of growth with our local teams, partners and customers. He brings a wealth of experience to the Google Cloud family.”