It’s a small revolution: Google has appointed its first-ever vice president of technology and society. The lucky man is Zimbabwe’s James Manyika, who left his position as director of the McKinsey Global Institute, the research arm of renowned consulting firm McKinsey & Company, in January.
Manyika, who is part of Alphabet’s management team and reports directly to CEO Sundar Pichai, will be responsible for “shaping and sharing Google’s views on how technology affects society,” according to a statement from the Mountain View firm.
More specifically, he will help define Google’s vision on issues such as the future of work, artificial intelligence and sustainable development. These themes are dear to this Harare native, who is recognised for his work at the crossroads between the future of work, artificial intelligence and robotics, as well as experience in the world of Big Tech.
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