Dr. Juliet Ehimuan, Google’s first Director for West Africa, has recently made a significant announcement. After an illustrious tenure spanning 12 years, Dr. Ehimuan revealed her departure from the company through a heartfelt post on LinkedIn. In her message, she expressed her eagerness to explore broader opportunities within the thriving regional tech landscape.
Dr. Juliet Ehimuan’s journey with Google commenced when she was appointed as the Country Director for Nigeria, subsequently ascending to the role of Director for West Africa. During her time at Google, she played a pivotal role in overseeing various projects and forging strategic partnerships. Notably, she was instrumental in the deployment and localization of key products such as Google Maps, Streetview, and YouTube.ng.
With a formidable background in strategy and technology, Dr. Ehimuan brought invaluable expertise to Google. Her contributions to ICT policy and strategy have been widely recognized and highly influential in shaping the landscape.
Achievements During Dr. Juliet Ehimuan’s Tenure
Under her visionary leadership, Google embarked on several high-priority initiatives, including the expansion of the Google Station program in Nigeria and the landing of Google’s Equiano fiber cable in Lagos. These projects aimed to enhance internet accessibility and connectivity in the region, thereby fueling technological advancement.
Over the past 12 years, Africa has emerged as a vital component of Google’s global strategy, attracting significant investment. Demonstrating its commitment, Google allocated substantial funds, including a $50 million investment for growth-stage start-ups through the Africa Investment Fund in early 2020. Moreover, in 2021, the company pledged a staggering $1 billion to drive Africa’s digital transformation, solidifying its dedication to the continent’s flourishing tech ecosystem.