K Raman, the Managing Director of Microsoft Malaysia is responsible for overseeing the entire Malaysian subsidiary, in line with the company’s vision to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. This includes driving commercial and consumer products, services and support offerings as Microsoft enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge, offering new world of possibilities for technology to deliver more flexible and custom-made experiences for everyone.
Raman has been leading the team in Malaysia for more than seven years. He oversees close to 200 employees and 2,000 Microsoft partners who are helping customers accelerate their digital transformation journeys at a time when the country is embracing cloud, mobile and big data technologies.
Raman is also a member of the Asia Pacific leadership team and is dedicated to making Microsoft Malaysia the nation’s trusted digital transformation partner through its trusted cloud platforms and productivity suites.
With 30 years of experience in the IT sector, and leadership and management experience spanning across the Asia Pacific markets, Raman is an industry veteran well recognized and respected by peers. Prior to joining Microsoft Malaysia, Raman was the Regional Managing Director for Oracle Corporation, overseeing the ASEAN and South Asia Growth Economies, which comprises a portfolio of 17 countries. He also served as Country Manager at EMC, following 15 successful years at Hewlett-Packard where he was last in charge of the Telco business for the Asia Pacific region.
With COVID-19 accelerating the need for Malaysia to embrace digital, Raman has been leading his team to work hand-in-hand with the public and private sectors, in support of the nation’s business recovery and resiliency efforts while empowering the nation’s inclusive digital economy through Microsoft’s Bersama Malaysia initiative. He has shared his thoughts on Malaysia’s future beyond COVID-19, enabled by Microsoft’s public-private partnerships, vibrant partner and independent software vendors (ISV) ecosystem in Malaysia, as well as the strong collaboration with leading industry players including from the telecommunication and financial service institutions.
Under Raman’s leadership, Microsoft Malaysia was crowned Top Sub for Emerging Medium Countries in 2019, in recognition of the business’ exceptional performance in Malaysia. Microsoft Malaysia was also voted as the top choice for graduate recruitment in the technology category in Graduate’s Choice Awards 2019, 2020, and 2021. Data & Storage Asean 2020 Awards recognized Microsoft in the Best Analytics Vendor Category five years in a row. Raman has also been recognized by Astro Ulagam as an advocate in the Indian Community who champions emerging digital technologies in Malaysia.
Passionate about the importance of education and the role of technology in it, Raman is currently an adjunct professor at Taylor’s University School of Computer Science & Engineering, as well as the Azman Hashim International Business School (AHIBS) at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. He has also served as an adjunct professor at Sultan Idris Education University (UPSI).
Raman graduated with a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the University of Malaya. Outside of work, Raman enjoys spending time with his wife and four children. His interests also include scuba diving, golf and traveling.
Malaysia wins Top Sub for Emerging Medium Countries in 2019:- K Raman (middle) together with (from left) Chris Capossela, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President, Marketing and Consumer Business; Jean-Philippe Courtois, Executive Vice President and President, Microsoft Global Sales, Marketing and Operations; Satya Nadella, Chief Executive Officer; and Judson Althoff, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Commercial Business.