MDeC appoints Gopi Ganesalingam VP of new unit
By Karamjit Singh February 13, 2015
- Entrepreneur heads newly formed Enterprise Development unit
- Goal is to move companies from RM20mil revenue to RM200mil
THE Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) has created a new unit called Enterprise Development, and appointed Gopi Ganesalingam (pic) as its first vice president.
The move is in line with its new strategy of trying to help move Malaysian technology companies, especially those in the RM20-million (US$5.55-million) revenue range, up to the next level, which it has set at RM200 million (US$55.5 million).
In speaking to Digital News Asia (DNA) on Monday about the need for such position, MDeC chief executive officer Yasmin Mahmood said, “I need to put the right person in charge.”
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Founder of Lava Protocols, Gopi spent eight years with the company before leaving in December 2014. He was approached by MDeC, Malaysia’s national ICT custodian, shortly after to lead its new division and has been on board since Feb 2.
Graduating with a finance degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1987, his professional career saw him work across seven Asian markets before he founded Lava Protocols in 2007, predicting that the huge ‘on-demand cloud’ market that countries like the United States and Japan were experiencing would also hit Malaysia.
While the huge demand he foresaw did not happen, Gopi was still able to build Lava Protocols into one of Malaysia’s pioneer cloud computing architects, with a regional footprint of eight countries, over 200 customers and a fully certified team of over 40 people.
It also came under the radar of cloud heavyweight like Google and Salesforce.com, which appointed it their preferred go-to-market partner.
“My role will see me using my experience as an experienced finance and commercial person, and as an entrepreneur to guide some of the forward looking MSC companies to grow and become global players,” he says.
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