Microsoft advances commitment to Myanmar with appointment of first country head

IT industry veteran Sy Wann will help drive innovation and transformation for businesses and organizations, as Microsoft invests for further growth in emerging markets in Asia Pacific 

Yangon, Myanmar, 20 September, 2016 – In an increasingly mobile-first, cloud-first world, emerging markets such as Myanmar are poised to leapfrog in growth, with a wealth of opportunities for innovation. Microsoft is well-positioned to transform the way Myanmar organizations, businesses and individuals transact and interact, helping them to embark on digital transformation journeys to enhance competitiveness and modernize their business operations.

picture1As part of its commitment to Myanmar, Microsoft is expanding its presence in the country with the appointment of Sy Wann as the first country manager of Microsoft Myanmar. This crucial milestone contributes to the transformation and growth of the local ICT ecosystem by empowering businesses to increase productivity and accelerate growth, and builds on Microsoft’s growth momentum from recent partnerships, including agreements with Myanmar conglomerate Shwe Taung as well as the Kanbawza (KBZ) Group of Companies.

In his role, Sy Wann will be helming Microsoft’s product, service and support offerings in Myanmar and leading the ambition for Microsoft to be the productivity and platform company for a mobile-first, cloud-first world.

Sy Wann joins joins Microsoft after three years establishing and leading the Cisco business in Myanmar, responsible for government and CSR engagement, sales and technical engagement, and partner enablement. Prior to this, he was in Travelocity and Capital One in the U.S, holding various roles in IT, focusing on data management.

Sy Wann, Country Manager, Microsoft Myanmar said, “I am very excited to be joining Microsoft in Myanmar when the country is undergoing rapid growth and modernization across all sectors. I look forward this opportunity to lead Microsoft in Myanmar and continue supporting the successes and growth of our customers and partners here. Our top priorities in Myanmar include supporting youth and education in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields; enabling economic empowerment, inclusive national development and civic engagement; developing donor-related partnerships and Microsoft Philanthropies programs; and job creation through building a robust partner ecosystem in Myanmar.”

Michelle Simmons, General Manager, Southeast Asia New Markets, Microsoft Asia Pacific, said, “We are thrilled to have Sy Wann as our first country manager in Microsoft Myanmar. His wealth of experience, energy, passion and proven people and business leadership skills can help us accelerate our push for innovation and transformation in the country as we invest in this dynamic region to empower everyone to achieve more.”

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