Schneider Electric appoints new country president for Malaysia
By Digital News Asia January 16, 2014
- 20-year industry veteran Soo Pow Leong, a Malaysian national, to head local ops
- With tariff hikes, believes company can help local businesses reduce consumption
ENERGY management specialist Schneider Electric has appointed Soo Pow Leong (pic) as its new country president for Malaysia.
Soo takes up the post following a two-year stint as Schneider Electric vice president, ETO (Engineering to Order) in China, the company said in a statement.
The appointment of Soo, a Malaysian national, follows the relocation of industry veteran Peter Cave to Australia. Cave had held this position for the past three years.
Zeljko Kosanovic, president of the Eats Asia zone at Schneider Electric, said Soo’s appointment would ensure the business’ continuing expansion and progress in Malaysia.
“Soo has over 20 years of experience in the electrical distribution industry. He has also taken on various roles from project management and commercial sales to strategy and marketing in France and China.
“In the past two years, he led Schneider Electric’s Equipment Cluster in Asia Pacific where he managed seven equipment plants located in five countries and finally in 2013, headed the ETO business in China.
“Soo's experience in leading organisations through change management that resulted in corporate growth, makes him the ideal candidate to lead Schneider Electric Malaysia," ,” Kosanovic added.
In his new role as country president of Schneider Electric Malaysia, Soo will oversee all strategic initiatives and operational efficiency in the country, while leading the company towards revenue and organic growth.
With the recent announcement of an energy tariff hike in Malaysia, Soo believes that Schneider Electric Malaysia is in the best position to help organisations as well as individuals make the most of their energy.
He said he aspires to drive the Malaysian team to deliver energy efficiency to local businesses in order to achieve carbon footprint reduction and sustainability.
“This is a timely reminder for businesses to re-consider their operating strategies and start looking into long-term energy efficiency solutions to turn the tide around.
“While the tariff hikes may put a dent on financial records in many organisations, this adversity can be channeled into an investment with appropriate energy management standards,” Soo said.
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