Zimbabwean James Manyika Appointed Google Senior Vice President

Google has appointed Zimbabwean James Manyika as the company’s first ever Senior Vice President of Technology and Society. Manyika will report directly to Sundar Pichai, and will work on the impact of technology on society and the environment.

As said by Alphabet’s CEO, Sundar Pichai:

“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.”

Zimbabwean James Manyika Appointed Google Senior Vice President
Source: Mckinsey & Company

Who Is James Manyika?

James Manyika graduated from both the University of Zimbabwe and the University of Oxford. His first degree – in electrical engineering – was obtained from the University if Zimbabwe; he then went on to obtain two Masters degrees and a PhD from the University of Oxford. He serves on MIT, Harvard, Oxford, Stanford and other top institutions’ research boards.

Prior to assuming his new position at Google, James spent 28 years at McKinsey, becoming Senior Partner and Chairman of the McKinsey Global Institute. His role was geared towards helping companies and governments make decisions based on cultural and economic trends. In his time at McKinsey, Manyika has advised chief executives and founders of many of the world’s leading tech companies on growth, strategy, product, and business innovation.

Zimbabwean James Manyika Appointed Google Senior Vice President

What Will Manyika’s Job Entail?

Recently, there has been a lot of debate around the impact of tech on societies across the world. As Google is a major player in the industry, most of this debate revolves around the role of Google.

James Manyika’s new role at Google will involve some huge responsibilities in addressing the concerns of Google’s tech impacts on societies.

As Google’s Senior Vice President of Technology and Society, Manyika’s primary responsibility will be to shape and share Google’s views on how technology affects society. In particular, Manyika will help shape Google’s views on issues such as:

  • The future of work
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Sustainability

James will focus on how the above affect societies, their economies, and the planet as a whole.

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