The SAP Malaysia office is sits in a country that is a few hours away from Singapore, one of the world’s prominent innovative countries with a knack for technology and fast-paced transitions. Although it is not as heavy on technology as Singapore, the country has been welcoming growth and expansion. In fact, in a previous article published, it was identified that the country’s digital economy contributes to 18.3% of the its growth domestic product (GDP) in the year 2017.
The German software giant has been undergoing changes in its leadership structure, with some of the members of its head management moving on to a different role. Younger yet competitive new leaders replaced the most recent departures. They company has been openly welcoming new members who are highly experienced in technology-related businesses or are returning SAP veterans.
On November 26, SAP has announced the appointment of its new managing director Kok Cheong Hong, who is also referred to as ‘KC,’ for its Malaysian office. He will be reporting directly to Rachel Barger, the SAP Chief Operating Officer for SAP Asia Pacific-Japan (APJ).
KC will be responsible for overseeing SAP Malaysia’s overall business strategies, development, and operations. Part of his responsibilities will also include ensuring that SAP Malaysia’s two and a half decades of success will be maintained as the business accelerates. One of his goals is to help onboard more Malaysian companies in gearing them up to become intelligent enterprises. His more than 25 solid years of experience across various channels, operations, and sales roles are expected to add more value to the company’s overall performance moving forward.
Some of the experiences under his bucket includes 15 years of senior management leadership role in Malaysia and other regions. Before joining SAP, he was the managing director of SS&C Technologies, a global financial services and software provider in Malaysia and South Asia. Before assuming the role, he was the Country General Manager for IBM Malaysia’s Software Group.
Barger shared her comments on the new leader’s appointment and the continuous efforts to maintain SAP’s success. She said that investments in technology and knowledge-based areas are beneficial in making Malaysia a more competitive country. She also noted KC’s strength as a local leader with extensive knowledge and experience in the Malaysian technology industry.
“We at SAP continue to look forward to this next phase of accelerating the journey of more Malaysian businesses towards becoming Intelligent Enterprises, as well as leading in various purpose-filled initiatives that will improve people’s lives.”
When asked about his thoughts on his new appointment, KC shared that he looks forward to leading SAP and maintaining their vision of helping Malaysian companies to function in their peak performance. During the interview with Digital News Asia, he said:
“SAP’s more than 25-year presence in Malaysia is a testament to our commitment in continuing the innovative streak and helping more Malaysian businesses to truly run better and become ‘intelligent enterprises’ to thrive in today’s growing and demanding economy.”
“I am truly inspired to build on this foundation, especially at this time when both public and private sectors in Malaysia are united towards the digital transformation of key industry sectors and accelerating technology as pillars of national growth.