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Jessica Tan returns as Microsoft Singapore head

Caroline Ng | July 16, 2013
The newly expanded role includes a focus on education and citizenship services in the city-state.

Jessica Tan, managing director at Microsoft Singapore

Microsoft Singapore has appointed its former managing director, Jessica Tan, back to her previous role, replacing Helene Auriol, formerly from Microsoft France.

Having served as managing director in Singapore between 2008 and 2012, Tan is a local industry veteran who is currently the general manager of Microsoft's Enterprise Sales & Partner division in Asia Pacific.

In this newly appointed role, Tan's horizon will be broadened to include regional leadership responsibilities embracing education and citizenship.

Cesar Cernuda, president of Microsoft Asia Pacific, said he has been impressed with Tan's ability to "enhance national competitiveness and accelerate innovation". Specifically, through the tenets of education, employment and e-citizen services.

According to Microsoft, it has invested over US$4.7 billion in Singapore and employed over 800 staff since 1990. As another indication of its economic significance, the American computing giant's software operations also accounted for 1.5 percent of total exports in the city-state.

Under the new leadership, Tan aims to extend Microsoft's impact as a newly transformed devices and services company, to both in the country and in the region.

"As someone who is passionate about making a difference to our customers, especially in the areas of education and citizen services. I am delighted to be given this opportunity to return to lead the Singapore business," she added.

Tan's current role as general manager of enterprise sales and partners will be filled by 18-year Microsoft veteran Alberti Granados.

Meanwhile, departing ex-managing director Auriol has held the position in Singapore since late August last year. Her premature tenure is due to family obligations in Europe but she is expected to remain in the company in another new leadership role.

"It is with some sadness that Helene needs to return home to Europe, to attend to family matters," said Cernuda.


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