Mike Fortin said that the ADC enabled Microsoft “to better listen to our customers, develop locally and scale for global impact – in the grand scheme of things.”
He further added that the premier centre of engineering gave Microsoft “a strategic opportunity to comprehend a continent that is rapidly adopting cloud technology and massive innovation at the intelligent edge.”
“We’ve been actively sourcing talent to join our team of engineers and are delighted to have Gafar bring his leadership skills to the team,” said Fortin.
Lawal has an impressive working history with more than 20 years of experience in various business functions.
Prior to his time at Morgan Stanley, Lawal spent over six years working at Microsoft’s US headquarters in Redmond, WA as Partner Architect in the Windows server group and Windows phone services division.
In his inaugural speech Lawal said that he was looking forward to embarking on this incredible new journey with the Microsoft team.
“I hope that as we continue to not only identify and nurture talent but also bring about unprecedented change, that we will continue to aid every individual involved to achieve more,” Lawal concluded.
ADC engineers are already working with local partners and customers on key issues for Nigeria, Africa, and the rest of the world.
The ADC is a platform through which local graduates and experienced technologists from industry can join Microsoft to begin or continue exciting careers in areas that include AI, mixed reality, and application development – making meaningful contributions on a local and global scale.