Catherine Muraga is the new managing director at Microsoft Africa Development Centre following her appointment by the firm.
Muraga will be in charge of over 450 full-time employees at the company.
Ms Muraga, a seasoned IT professional comes in to succeed Jack Ngare who has led the ADC since its inception in 2019.
Her appointment comes weeks after Microsoft unveiled a multibillion-shilling office and labs for ADC at Dunhill Towers in Westlands, Nairobi.
“I am excited to be joining the ADC at this particular time and look forward to continuing the tremendous work that has already begun,” she said.
Before joining Microsoft, Muraga was the head of the engineering team at Stanbic Bank Kenya and South Sudan. In addition, she was previously the director of IT and Operations at Sidian Bank.
She attended Columbia Business School Digital Strategies for Business, Oxford University Fintech Programme and Africa Nazarene University.
The ADC is one of the largest software engineering facilities in Africa and sets the standard for a new generation of technology hubs across the continent.
The investments in the centres are part of Microsoft’s ongoing plans for enabling digital transformation, bridging gaps in infrastructure, connectivity and capability while creating a sustained societal impact on the continent.