Pivotal Software, a US tech company chaired by Zimbabwean born computer scientist and software executive Paul Maritz is now listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).
Paul Maritz was born in Zimbabwe (then Southern Rhodesia) in 1955 and became the CEO of Pivotal Software in 2013, a position he held until 2015, when he became the board chairman.
Speaking on the listing, Pivotal Software CEO, Mr Rob Mee said that going public and being listed on the NYSE as a major step for Pivotal and that it was not going to change the identity of the company, how it works, and their mission.
“Since Pivotal’s founding, we’ve worked toward an ambitious mission—to transform how the world builds software—and we’ve now passed an important milestone in our journey. Getting here has been both exciting and challenging, and we couldn’t have done it without our customers, our partners, and our Pivots,” said Rob Mee.
Founded in 2013, Pivotal Software, Inc., combines our leading cloud-native platform, tools, and methodology to empower the world’s largest organizations to adapt to change and build great software. Our technology unleashes developer productivity, while fulfilling our mission to transform how the world builds software.
Paul was educated in South Africa. He attended Highbury Preparatory School as well University of Natal where he attained a Bsc in Computer Science and University of Cape Town where he got a masters degree in computer science.
In October 2013, he was reported to again be under consideration to become chief executive of Microsoft, succeeding Ballmer.
Paul is among the list of the African born tech businessmen who left Africa and found success in America. Elon Musk and mark Shuttleworth are some of the Africa tech businessmen doing great things outside Africa, showcasing the potential of people born and bred in the motherland.