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Microsoft Singapore head moves to regional enterprise business role

Jack Loo | Aug. 30, 2012
Jessica Tan leaves role after four years

Microsoft's managing director for Singapore Jessica Tan has moved to a regional role to run the technology bellwether's enterprise business.

In her new role as the general manager for Microsoft's Enterprise business in Asia Pacific, Tan will spearhead the division's growth in over 12 markets in Asia including emerging and mature markets.

According to Microsoft, the enterprise business has potential to grow 15 percent year-on-year over the next three years. This is her second stint in this role after nine years at Microsoft and will report to Alvaro Celis, vice president, Microsoft Asia Pacific.

"Through Jessica's leadership, the Singapore business has doubled its revenue in the last four years, an amazing feat considering the maturity of the market and the very competitive nature of our business," said Tracey Fellows, area vice president, Microsoft Asia Pacific.

Under her leadership, Microsoft increased investments in Singapore through the Microsoft Technology Centre, the Singapore data centre, BizSpark for start-ups, DreamSpark for students, new pedagogical initiatives in Singapore schools, the Microsoft Unlimited Potential Scholarships as well as community training for people with disabilities and seniors.

"It was more than just a job. It has shown me time and time again, that technology and the people behind it can change lives and businesses," said Tan.

Meanwhile, Helene Auriol will take over the post of managing director for Singapore. She joins from Microsoft France.

"Helene was identified through an extensive search within and outside Microsoft. She has an outstanding track record in Microsoft France and brings with her an international experience in both the IT and telecom industries," said Fellows.

Auriol will become the third female managing director to lead the Singapore subsidiary in the company's 22-year history in the island nation

While both appointments are effective 1 September 2012, Microsoft said Tan will continue to oversee the Singapore operations in September for a smooth handover to Auriol.


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