8 months after PH chief left, Microsoft finally names replacement

Software colossus Microsoft has finally appointed a new country general manager for the Philippines – eight months after its former head, Hans Bayaborda, abruptly quit his post.

Microsoft Philippines country general manager Andrés Ortola

Andrés Ortola, who is originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, will now lead Microsoft’s local subsidiary. Prior to this appointment, he led Microsoft’s enterprise commercial business for Singapore.

Ortola has 20 years of experience in the IT industry and has held various regional leadership positions in consulting, sales management, marketing and business management. His previous experiences include regional roles at Microsoft, Quest Software, IBM and as a co-founder for entrepreneurial projects.

“I believe Philippines is on the cusp of greatness. As we all know, the economy is among the fastest growing in Asia Pacific and our customers are hungry for transformation. I’m looking forward to working with our team to deliver a strong and consistent agenda that contributes to the digitalization of the Philippines economy, transforms our key industries and has a strong positive societal impact,” Ortola said in a statement. 

Ortola will report to Andrea Della Mattea, president of Microsoft Asia Pacific.

“I’m thrilled to have Andrés lead one of our most dynamic, exciting and vibrant markets in Asia Pacific. His expertise and experience in creating growth opportunities and leading teams will be integral to support our customers and partners in the Philippines,” said Mattea.

Ortola has extensive global experience and has called South America, Europe, Middle East and Africa and most recently Asia as home. He is a sports fan and particularly enjoys watching, coaching and playing rugby. His free time is spent exploring the world with his family.

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