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Microsoft 'Mobile-First, Cloud-First' inspires another leadership defection in Malaysia

AvantiKumar | March 26, 2015
'Something special is happening right now at Microsoft and in the industry,' said Microsoft Malaysia's new MD, K Raman.

K Raman, Managing Director, Microsoft Malaysia 

Photo (file) - K Raman, Managing Director, Microsoft Malaysia.


Microsoft's 'Mobile-First, Cloud-First' transformation has led to another senior executive defection in Malaysia with the announcement that local industry veteran K Raman who has left a regional role at Oracle to become Microsoft's new Malaysia managing director.

This latest move follows recent senior hires in Malaysia from other companies as well as the return of Azizah Ali to the company's management team. A statement from Microsoft said that in January, the company announced that HP's managing director for Malaysia, Thiyagu Letchumanan, would be leaving to head up Microsoft's enterprise sales team, while SAP's head of public services Nik Ariff Nik Omar joined. Microsoft Malaysia's Public Sector sales team.

Raman joins Microsoft from Oracle Corporation, where he was regional managing director for ASEAN and South Asia Growth Economies, overseeing a portfolio of 17 countries.

In addition, he brings with him more than 25 years of local IT industry experience, which include senior leadership roles in Malaysia with EMC and HP, the latter for 15 years.

"I'm very excited to be given the opportunity to lead Microsoft Malaysia, especially during its current period of transformation, which I see as very relevant to local needs here in Malaysia," said Raman.  

"With the Government's aspiration to make Malaysia a developed nation by the year 2020, Microsoft is well positioned to provide the platform and partnerships to accelerate economic growth, enhance international competitiveness, improve workforce productivity, advance innovation and deliver cloud services that are secure, private, reliable and trustworthy," he said. 

 'Something special is happening'

Following the appointment of Satya Nadella as Microsoft's chief executive officer, the company is working towards a goal of changing from software solutions provider to a productivity and platform company.

 "Something special is happening right now at Microsoft and, within the industry, it hasn't gone unnoticed. We have a bold ambition - to empower every person and every organisation on the planet to do more and achieve more - and we have the passion and persistence to execute on it. That's a big draw for local talent," said Raman.

Raman will also become a member of Microsoft's Asia Pacific Leadership Team. Asia-Pacific President, Cesar Cernuda, said: "We are thrilled to have secured Raman as our new leader in Malaysia. He brings with him proven business and leadership skills, plus the local market knowledge, insights and expertise needed to lead our team of highly-committed local professionals, dedicated to helping our customers succeed in a mobile-first, cloud-first world."


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