Photo - Azizah Ali - SMSP Lead - Microsoft Malaysia
Technology solutions giant Microsoft has announced the return to its Malaysian management team of Azizah Ali, its former public sector group director, who will now lead the firm's services to small and medium businesses (SMBs) and partners..
Microsoft Malaysia managing director Carlos Lacerda said that as the lead for Microsoft's Small and Medium Services and Partners (SMS&P) function, Azizah will help to deliver devices and cloud services to SMBs and expand its 5,000-strong nationwide partner ecosystem, which would also help to transform Malaysia into a developed economy by the year 2020.
"I am thrilled to welcome Azizah as part of our diverse leadership team at Microsoft Malaysia," added Lacerda. "Her addition fills a vital role in our commitment to transform Malaysia together in education, businesses and for Malaysian lives, which has spanned over 20 years. With Microsoft's experience and end-to-end approach, especially in the area of cloud computing services, we can help Malaysia's SMEs [small and medium enterprises] leverage technology without worrying about managing it, leaving them to concentrate on what's most important to them: to build their businesses."
Azizah said, "I am extremely excited to be given this opportunity to return to Malaysia after four years away and now to lead the SMS&P team; a critical pillar in supporting the growth agenda of Malaysia."
"The government has set a very clear direction in wanting the country's SMEs to grow their contribution to the national GDP to 40 percent by the year 2020, a feat best achieved through leveraging IT," she said.
With an 18-year experience in the industry, Azizah formerly served and eventually led its public sector business for 12 years before taking on the role of country manager for Microsoft Brunei in October 2009. Azizah holds an MBA from Aston University, UK; a BSc. In Business Administration from Washington University, USA; and a Diploma in Business Administration from State University of New York at Buffalo/Institut Teknologi MARA.
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