Cheick Modibo Diarra, Microsoft Corp’s chairman for Africa, has been appointed interim prime minister charged with helping to restore civilian rule to the Saharan state of Mali after a coup last month.
Diarra, also worked as a former NASA astrophysicist in the United States for many years.
Diarra went to universities in Paris and Washington and became chairman for Africa at Microsoft in 2006, according to previously-issued press release on Microsoft’s website.
Microsoft confirmed Diarra left the company in December 2011. (Msnbc.com is a joint venture of Microsoft Corp. and NBC Universal, which is jointly owned by Comcast Corp. and General Electric.)