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Microsoft Malaysia ramps up 'Mobile First, Cloud First' drive with leadership appointments

AvantiKumar | Jan. 9, 2015
Two Malaysian IT industry veterans have been appointed to senior executive roles in Microsoft's enterprise and public sector businesses.

Thiyagu Letchumanan, Director of Enterprise & Partner Group (EPG), Microsoft 

Photo - Thiyagu Letchumanan, Director of Enterprise & Partner Group, Microsoft Malaysia


A new move to appoint two Malaysian IT industry veterans to executive leadership roles  to manage Microsoft's enterprise and public sector businesses is part of a transformation to a 'Mobile First, Cloud First' approach in Malaysia, said the technology solutions giant,

César Cernuda, president, Microsoft Asia Pacific said Thiyagu Letchumanan has been named director of Enterprise & Partner Group (EPG), and Nik Ariff Nik Omar has been appointed Public Sector lead for Microsoft Malaysia.

"We are pleased to welcome two very experienced local industry veterans as part of our leadership team at Microsoft Malaysia," said Cernuda.  "Thiyagu and Nik Ariff are important additions, who will play an integral role in Microsoft's ongoing people investments as it transforms to be the productivity and platform company for the mobile-first and cloud-first era."

In his new role as EPG director, Letchumanan will focus on Microsoft's private enterprise customers to evolve a path that encompasses consumer and business technology, and extend from the datacentre to the desktop to other devices and into the cloud.

"I am very excited to begin my new journey at Microsoft in the midst of its current transformation, and with an increased focus on continuous innovation, for the mobile-first and cloud-first era," he said. "I am confident that, with the current strategies in place, we can deliver dramatically enhanced value and differentiation to our customers and partners and make Microsoft the largest contributor to Enterprise business in Malaysia."

Letchumanan was managing director of Hewlett-Packard Malaysia prior to this new appointment and has more than 25 years of experience in the Malaysian IT and telecommunications industry. He has held senior positions with multinationals such as Compaq, Hewlett-Packard and Siemens.

Nik Ariff Nik Omar, Public Sector Lead, Microsoft 

Photo - Nik Ariff Nik Omar, Public Sector Lead, Microsoft Malaysia

In addition, Nik Ariff Nik Omar will drive the company's Public Sector business. His initial task will be to develop and deliver solutions in five keys areas - productivity, mobility, cloud, big data/analytics and social enterprise.

He brings more than 26 years of experience in the IT industry, having previously held a similar role at SAP Malaysia and Brunei for three years, leading the Public Sector, Healthcare and Education team, where he helped grow the business. Other senior roles held were with IBM, Percetakan Nasional Bhd (a Ministry of Finance company under Ministry of Home Affairs) and Avnet Malaysia.  

"I feel privileged to continue in this unique role leading the Public Sector business here at Microsoft," said Nik Ariff. "Not only do I have the chance to continue with the same passion and commitment to deliver Microsoft's plans and objectives, the role also gives me the opportunity to help shape the nation, while helping the government to improve and deliver better services to all. Timing to take on this role at Microsoft could not be any better since the government has some five years to go in continuing its transformation programmes to achieve its developed nation status by 2020."


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