Yasmin Mahmood to assume Microsoft Malaysia MD position in September
Yasmin Mahmood has been appointed as Managing Director of Microsoft Malaysia with effect from early September 2006.Yasmin was previously the General Manager of Dell Malaysia and Corporate Director of Dell Inc. Prior to that, she was the General Manager of Hewlett Packard Sales Malaysia’s Commercial Channels Organisation.
Yasmin succeeds Butt Wai Choon, who has been promoted to Asia-Pacific General Manager of Microsoft’s OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) group. This new business segment was established to assist Microsoft’s regional manufacturing partners customize and to add value to their respective products and solutions with Microsoft’s flagship Windows, Office and Server flagship technologies.
Butt will continue to oversee and manage business at Microsoft Malaysia (holding all Microsoft Malaysia Managing Director responsibilities) until Yasmin comes on board officially in September.
Said Eduardo Rosini, Regional Vice-President (Asia Pacific) at Microsoft, “In the last six years, Wai Choon has demonstrated very strong leadership skills in the management of our Malaysian operations.
“As a company, we always look for opportunities to grow our people, and I’m glad that Wai Choon has decided to take up the new challenge to lead our regional efforts with our OEM partners. This new and very pivotal role will hold strong responsibilities in helping the company and our OEM partners ramp up our efforts as we look to launch Windows Vista and Office 2007 in the next year.”
Meanwhile, Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) Chief Executive Officer, Badlisham Ghazalli, said that he was grateful to Microsoft for its continuous contribution to the growth of Malaysia’s ICT ecosystem.
“I am heartened that, although Microsoft is today the world’s largest software company, the company has consistently made great efforts to grow the local software ecosystem,” said Badlisham, citing, amongst others, the Memorandum of Understanding signed with local independent software vendor (ISV) IFCA-MSC Berhad to share information on the latest software technologies which Badlisham himself officially witnessed last April.
Since Microsoft established its Malaysian business in 1992, the local partner ecosystem system has grown from a handful to 5,000 highly qualified solutions providers as well as a specialized group of some 800 ISVs today. What’s more, an IDC study released last year showed that, for every RM1 spent on Microsoft, another RM15 is spent on the overall solution comprising hardware, services and software for local partners.
“MDeC believes that our fellow Malaysian Yasmin will continue to build on this momentum to build competencies, capabilities and competitiveness for Malaysia established by her predecessor, Butt, who is also Malaysian,” added Badlisham, citing Yasmin’s deep understanding of the local IT environment.
“Toward this end, MDeC welcomes the appointment of Yasmin and we look forward to Microsoft strengthening on its already strong support for the country’s Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) initiative,” he further said, adding that MDeC hopes to further enhance the already strong relationship between both organizations to fully realize the MSC mission of spearheading transformation of ICT companies at both local and global levels.
Microsoft’s Continuous Commitment to Malaysia
Microsoft Malaysia, through its deep engagements with local government, business, industry and community, are active contributors to the country’s economic development, and will remain so over the long term.
The company will continue to:
(1) Significantly contribute to the growth of the local software economy: In 2006, Microsoft invested some RM26 million in Malaysia comprising, amongst others, tools, training and technology in its effort to establish software development as a key engine of growth for the Malaysian economy. It is estimated that some 50,000 jobs have been created in the software and services sector as a result of Microsoft’s initiatives.
(2) Accelerate digital inclusion and digital literacy: Just a fortnight ago, Women, Family and Community Development Minister, Datuk Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, launched the Microsoft Windows XP Multilingual Starter Edition – the only operating system in the world that is available in four different languages, namely Bahasa Malaysia, English, Mandarin and Tamil, thereby allowing more Malaysians to tap into world of computing in languages they are familiar with.
(3) Lay the foundation for the next generation of Malaysians: This is primarily through education under Microsoft’s “Partners in Learning” programme to bring greater depth of IT teaching skills to the education sector (Primary, Secondary and lecturers in Higher Education) and to train 300,000 teachers to be IT skilled teachers within the next two years in collaboration with the Ministry of Education.
The company also places great emphasis on what it terms “Customer Value”, that is for IT to assume the role of business enabler for greater productivity and operational efficiency.
One of Yasmin’s first milestones as Managing Director would be to oversee the launch of the Microsoft Windows Vista operating system — the most innovative, large-scale technology release in a decade — and the 2007 Microsoft Office System with enhanced tools and capabilities, scheduled for January 2007.