IBM names new country head as Microsoft PH chief leaves

By Melvin G. Calimag

Tech behemoth IBM announced on Monday, Aug. 13, the appointment of veteran executive Aileen Judan-Jiao as new president and country general manager of IBM Philippines.

Newly appointed IBM Philippines chief Aileen Judan-Jiao

She replaces Fil-Am executive Luis Pineda, who is to return after four years to the United States for a new leadership appointment, the company said in a statement.

Jiao takes on the new role with a 26-year track record at IBM. She was most recently the country leader for enterprise sales in IBM Philippines, looking after the top accounts of IBM across all major industries.

She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the Ateneo de Manila University.

Jiao will assume responsibility for all of IBM’s operations in the Philippines, including sales and distribution activities, as well as fully-owned subsidiaries offering global delivery – IBM Solutions Delivery and IBM Business Services.

Microsoft Philippines, meanwhile, is still awaiting the replacement of Hans Bayaborda, who abruptly left his position as managing director of the company. He served for less than a year, having been appointed to the role only in October last year.

Bayaborda, an industry old-hand who held top positions in the local offices of Oracle, Emerson, and HP, left for personal reasons, the tech subsidiary disclosed.

On the other hand, the executive that Bayaborda replaced at Microsoft Philippines – Karrie Capellan-Ilagan – is reportedly set to be announced as the new country manager of Cisco Philippines.

A former IBMer, Capellan-Ilagan was the first top lady executive of Microsoft Philippines who served in that role for more than four years.

Incidentally, former Cisco Philippines country manager Louie Castaneda has just assumed the job as top local executive of security firm Fortinet Philippines.

Castaneda filled up the post left vacant by the departure of long-time country manager Jefferald “Jeff” Castillo, who has moved to Singapore to serve as regional director for Southeast Asia at cybersecurity company Forcepoint.

Lastly, Russian security firm Kaspersky Lab has local appointed executives for the first time since starting its operations in the country. The two officials are Eunice Quilantang, pre-sales engineer for Kaspersky Lab Southeast Asia, and Mary Grace Villegas, territory manager at Kaspersky Lab Southeast Asia.

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