Google Israel chief to head Africa region

Meir Brand will head offices in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, and Uganda as well as Israel, Greece and South Africa.

Google Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG) has expanded the responsibilities of Google Israel, South Africa & Greece managing director Meir Brand to include Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, and Uganda. Google's offices in these countries have 80 employees. The appointment will come into effect on April 1.

Today, only 9% of Africans have internet access, but studies predict that the proportion will rise to 20% by 2015.

Brand was appointed Google Israel managing director in 2005. He previously served as the small businesses manager at Microsoft Israel, after working at Excite Ltd., ICQ, and Booz Allen & Hamilton. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - - on March 20, 2012

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