Mteto Nyati


Staff member
Jul 22, 2003
Mteto Nyati is the Managing Director of Microsoft South Africa

Mteto Nyati took up his position as managing director of Microsoft South Africa on September 1, 2008. He came to Microsoft from a 12-year career at IBM, where he held a series of senior executive roles, including that of an executive director of IBM’s South African operations.

He was most recently the director of IBM Global Technology Services (GTS) for South and Central Africa, where he showed his ability to perform at the highest level by turning around GTS into a double digit revenue and profit engine. His efforts saw him awarded IBM’s prestigious Golden Circle for 2008.

In his previous position as Director of SMB Channels for Europe, Middle East and Africa at IBM European Headquarters in Paris, he consistently delivered double-digit growth over a four-year period while establishing IBM as a significant player in the small and medium business market segment, achieving a revenue plan of $3 billion through business partners.

Prior to this, he headed the Small & Medium Business and telecommunications business units at IBM SA.

Mteto matriculated from St John’s College in Umtata in 1980. In 1982, he was given a scholarship by Afrox to study Mechanical Engineering, and duly achieved a BSc degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Natal in 1985. He was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to study towards a Masters’ degree in engineering in Germany in 1985, which he had to decline on account of his mother’s poor health at the time, but gained his MBA from Wits University in 1992. In 2004, he was named as one of the Yale University’s World Fellows on Global Leadership.

His interests include cycling, travelling, table tennis, writing (he is a published columnist), reading and coaching.

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