Bill Owino leaves Qualcomm after 8-year stint, joins Sage

After more than 8 years with US-based mobile phone chipsets vendor Qualcomm, Bill Owino has left the firm to join Sage, the enterprise software maker, as its Regional Director for East Africa.

In his new role, which he assumed in April this year, Owino is responsible for the management of the whole Sage East Africa branch, based in Nairobi Kenya.

(TOP: Bill Owino, regional director, Sage).

“This includes overall responsibility for the teams handling Sage products in the Region namely Sage X3, Sage HRM, Sage Evolution, Sage 300, Sage People, Sage Premier, Sage Partner Payroll and Sage One,” sates his professional profile. He is also the key lead for Sage’s ‘Grow Africa Strategy’ in East Africa.

Owino moved to Qualcomm in mid 2008 from Canar Telecommunications where he was the Head of Corporate Sales. As Director of Business Development and working from the firm’s South Africa office, he lead Qualcomm’s development, reinforcing the firm’s long-term business relationships with mobile operators and key players in the telecoms industry to ensure that the full range of Qualcomm’s products and services are successfully marketed and sold in East Africa.

After 3 years in this role, he was moved to Kenya to take on added responsibilities as both Director of Business Development as well Country Manager, effectively taking charge of the Kenya office – which acts as the company’s East Africa hub – as well as the local operation.

Here, he continued to lead business development and new market development for Qualcomm’s technologies and product by building strong partnerships with MNOs to grow adoption of 3G HSPA and later 4G LTE technologies in their respective markets. He also worked closely with Qualcomm’s chipset, technology licensing and services business units to manage and grow business opportunities for each department while at the same time ensuring close collaboration with device manufacturers and MNOs to grow new opportunities for devices using Qualcomm chipsets.

Owino further developed collaborative efforts between Qualcomm’s Government Affairs and MNOs Regulatory Affairs departments to ensure common approach in spectrum and policy discussions that are beneficial to growth of 3G and LTE during the 4 years when he was in charge of the Kenya office.

Prior to Canar Telecommunications, he held managerial positions at Afghan Wireless Communications and Celtel Kenya (now Airtel Kenya).