IBM has announced the appointment of Julia Carvalho as the new GM for IBM Growth Markets, Africa, where she will be responsible for IBM’s business operations, growing partner ecosystem and driving client satisfaction across multiple regions in Africa.
With an increased focus on the partner ecosystem in Africa, Julia will strengthen the IBM business on the continent through a deeper level of technical expertise and industry experience to build growth for our company, clients and partners on the continent.
“Julia’s extensive knowledge of technology and the African continent will bring unique value as we help our clients accelerate their digital transformations in the era of hybrid cloud, Data and AI. As a senior leader, her focus on IBM’s increased investment in our partner ecosystem will also enable our partners to play a more significant role in support of our clients’ agendas,” says Saad Toma, GM of IBM Middle East and Africa.
She brings to this role deep knowledge of the African continent with more than 20 years of extensive local and regional experience working in the IT, Oil and Gas and Energy industries. Prior to this appointment, Julia held the position of GM for Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde and Sao Tome. She helped expand IBM’s footprint and led the digital transformation journeys of clients around our key strategic imperatives of Hybrid Cloud and AI.
Before joining IBM, Julia held led sales at Halliburton – Landmark Software and Services and previously served as a Professor and Researcher at the University of Lisbon. In prior roles, she was a consultant with Sonangol P&P and Sonagas and led the Natural Resources business unit at Sinfic in Angola.
Commenting on her new role, Julia said “Africa is a continent with tremendous opportunities that is undergoing fast-paced transformation. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with clients and our ecosystem partners to build technology for Africa’s unique needs.”
Carvalho holds a PhD in Engineering and Masters in Geo resources Engineering from the School of Engineering, Science and Technology (Instituto Superior Técnico) at the University of Lisbon.