Former public sector head returns to Microsoft Malaysia in new role

  • 18-year industry vet had left to lead Microsoft’s Brunei subsidiary
  • Returns to take charge of SMB business, amongst other duties

Former public sector head returns to Microsoft Malaysia in new roleMICROSOFT Malaysia said that its former Public Sector Group director, Azizah Ali (pic), has returned to helm its Small and Medium Services and Partners (SMS&P) division.
In this role, Azizah will lead the charge to deliver devices and valued cloud services to Malaysian small and medium businesses, as well as further build on the company’s 5,000-strong nationwide partner ecosystem, Microsoft Malaysia said in a statement.
An 18-year industry veteran, Azizah served and eventually led Microsoft Malaysia’s public sector business for 12 years before taking on the role of country manager for Microsoft Brunei in October 2009.
There, she grew the Brunei subsidiary’s business by 250% and built its services business from the ground up into the US$9-million business it is today.
“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,” Azizah said of her new role.
“The [Malaysian] Government has set a very clear direction in wanting the country’s SMEs (small and medium enterprises) to grow their contribution to the national GDP (gross domestic product) to 40% by the year 2020, a feat best achieved through leveraging IT.
“Microsoft and our more than 5,000 partners nationwide – the largest partner ecosystem in Malaysia – possess the vision, strategy as well as the devices and services to take SMEs there,” she claimed.
Azizah holds an MBA from Aston University, UK; a BSc. in Business Administration from Washington University; and a Diploma in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo/ Institut Teknologi MARA.
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