Microsoft’s new Latin America president takes over following authorized battle with IBM

Microsoft has introduced Rodrigo Kede Lima as the brand new president for its operations in Latin America and company Vice President at Microsoft Company.

The announcement made right this moment (19) sees Kede Lima beginning within the position a 12 months after being appointed as a successor of earlier incumbent Cesar Cernuda, who left to grow to be president at cloud information providers firm NetApp.

The manager left his earlier employer IBM, the place he labored for practically 25 years, on Could 18, 2020. Two days later, Microsoft introduced his appointment; the Large Blue then sued Kede Lima alleging a breach of his non-compete settlement (which establishes a one-year interval between leaving IBM and taking one other govt place at a competitor) and misappropriation of commerce secrets and techniques.

Final September, a New York federal court docket dominated in favor of IBM, stopping the manager from beginning his new job at Microsoft till Could 18, 2021.

Kede Lima began his profession at IBM, and left the corporate for a quick interval to guide Brazilian software program agency Totvs, however rejoined the Large Blue six months later to guide its Latin American enterprise, and subsequently moved to the US to move IBM’s international providers unit.

In his new position at Microsoft, Kede Lima is accountable for the corporate’s whole product providing, in addition to providers and assist in Latin America, and an operation that encompasses 30 places of work in 22 nations.

Describing the manager as an “empathetic chief, with deep data about what digital transformation means” Microsoft famous the manager “will concentrate on persevering with to develop a powerful collaborative ecosystem that may additional empower the Latin American market and the neighborhood at massive.”

“By prioritizing buyer wants and selling sturdy relationships with companions, his management will search to increase the legacy of dedication that the corporate has had within the final 34 years of presence within the area”, the corporate famous, including that Kede Lima’s technique “locations belief as a elementary constructing block of any implementation and answer.”