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Doug Batchelor


Doug Batchelor
Head of IT – Middle East and Africa, Microsoft

Digital disruptor and futurist

Innovative strategic thinker focused on driving business transformation

Global leader

Doug started his career in IT has a network operator at the Standard Bank of South Africa, and in 1986 was appointed as Head of Network Operations for the bank.

From there he joined the Communications R&D Department heading the team focused on capacity planning and remote communications technology.

He then moved to Cisco Systems South Africa to head up the Systems Engineering team and in 1996 was appointed as Regional Managing Director of Nortel Networks.

Doug has also led sales teams at Nokia Networks, Computer Sciences Corporation as well as serving as Regional GM for Neotel in the Western Cape.

In 2014, Doug moved to Dubai to re-join Microsoft as the Sales Enablement Director for Middle East, Africa and India before moving back to South Africa in 2018 to take up his current role as Head of IT for Microsoft Middle East and Africa.

 “In Microsoft we are our own biggest customer.  This is extremely important as we deploy all our new innovations and technologies to our own 220 000 users worldwide before taking it to the market.  The digital transformation of Microsoft is taking place while we continue to deliver significant value to our shareholders.  This experience puts us in a unique position to guide and advise our customers as they embark on their digital transformation journeys.”

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