Thiyagu Letchumanan has been named Director of Enterprise & Partner Group, while Nik Ariff Nik Omar has been appointed Public Sector Lead
KUALA LUMPUR, 7 January 2015 – Microsoft Malaysia (“Microsoft”) announced today the appointment of two local IT industry veterans to executive leadership roles, as the company accelerates its transformation towards a mobile-first, cloud-first era.
Thiyagu Letchumanan has been named Director of Enterprise & Partner Group (“EPG”), and Nik Ariff Nik Omar has been appointed Public Sector Lead for Microsoft.
As Director of EPG, Thiyagu will be responsible for helping the company’s private enterprise customers to continuously innovate, compete, and grow. With solutions that span consumer and business technology, and extend from the data center to the desktop to other devices and into the cloud, Microsoft offers these enterprises the flexibility to use the technology that’s right for them and their customers.
Before joining Microsoft Malaysia, Thiyagu was the Managing Director of Hewlett-Packard Malaysia. A highly-accomplished IT veteran and business leader with over 25 years of expertise in the Malaysian IT and telecommunications industry, Thiyagu has taken on senior roles in multinationals such as Compaq, Hewlett-Packard and Siemens, leading their services and solutions businesses.
“I am very excited to begin my new journey at Microsoft in its current transformation, and with an increased focus on continuous innovation, for the mobile-first and cloud-first era. I am confident that, with the current strategies in place, we can deliver dramatically enhanced value and differentiation to our customers and partners and make Microsoft the largest contributor to Enterprise business in Malaysia,” he said.
While Thiyagu will continue driving the success of the private enterprise sector, Nik Ariff will lead the Public Sector team in understanding, anticipating and meeting the needs of Microsoft’s public sector customers. He is tasked with developing and delivering solutions in five keys areas – productivity, mobility, cloud, big data/analytics and social enterprise.
Nik Ariff brings with him more than 26 years of experience in the IT industry, having previously held a similar role at SAP Malaysia and Brunei for three years, leading the Public Sector, Healthcare and Education team, where he helped grow the business substantially. His vast industry experience also includes various leadership roles with IBM, Percetakan Nasional Bhd (a Ministry of Finance company under the Ministry of Home Affairs) and Avnet Malaysia.
“I feel privileged to continue in this unique role leading the Public Sector business here at Microsoft. Not only do I have the chance to continue with the same passion and commitment to deliver Microsoft’s plans and objectives, but the role also gives me the opportunity to help shape the nation, while helping the government to improve and deliver better services to all. Timing to take on this role at Microsoft could not be any better since the government has some five years to go in continuing its transformation programs to achieve its developed nation status by 2020,” said Nik Ariff.
Speaking on their new roles, César Cernuda, President, Microsoft Asia Pacific said, “We are pleased to welcome two very experienced local industry veterans as part of our leadership team at Microsoft Malaysia. Thiyagu and Nik Ariff are important additions, who will play an integral role in Microsoft’s ongoing people investments as it transforms to be the productivity and platform company for the mobile-first and cloud-first era.”
Thiyagu is a graduate in Computer Science from University Science Malaysia in Penang, while Nik Ariff holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Concordia University, Montreal and a Master of Engineering from the University of Toronto, Canada.
Microsoft and its partner network – the largest in the country with over 5,000 partners – work closely with the government, organizations and citizens to serve communities by fully harnessing innovations with flexible solutions, programs and partnerships to meet local needs.