The Digital Economy Magazine, a leading voice in technology, has named Lillian Barnard, CEO/General Manager of Microsoft South Africa as Digital Economy Personality of the week for the month of Feb 12th-Feb 18th,2023 ranking.
Having garnered experience with global blue-chip and award-winning top IT and Telecom companies, Lillian Barnard is known to be a woman with positive drive and a great personality, with her endearing leadership skill with an impactful business acumen.
In her most recent role, she is actively responsible for managing and leading a group of talented team at Microsoft, where she has spent over 5 years as a Board member and the CEO. Her Leadership skill which cuts across but not limited to; Tactical Sales Planning, Financial Analysis, KPI Implementation, Executive Leadership, Executive Development, Leadership Development, Organizational Leadership, Operations Management, Team Leadership and Strategic Planning skills.
A Passionate leader and a tech enthusiast who is grounded with innovations and talent in driving revenue to the company, she has over 25years’ experience in the ICT industry. Lillian is a seasoned professional with proven capabilities and a strong understanding of local market.
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She has held various executive positions, both locally and abroad, and as such has gained extensive knowledge in sales, operations, business controls, strategy, business transformation and leadership. This experience, combined with her deep industry knowledge, positions her perfectly to deliver on Microsoft’s digital transformation ambitions in South Africa, thereby empowering governments, organisations and individuals to achieve more.
She is a lover of women empowerment and advocate, renowned for building strong, high-performing teams that consistently deliver on their financial targets, while also bringing innovative digital solutions to her partners and customers. Having led large teams both locally and abroad, she is recognised for strength in developing people and creating an environment where everyone can do their best work.
Lillian is passionate about enabling a truly diverse and inclusive workplace. By drawing on her own experiences, she endeavours to create a culture that enables people to bring their authentic selves to the workplace and be embraced for that individuality.
Following her business transformation executive skills, she has worked with IBM where she gave all her input and will for over 15years, while joining Vodacom in 2014 and worked for almost 4years, amongst other senior executive roles she has held.