Catherine Lian was named Managing Director of IBM Malaysia in April 2019 where she is responsible for the growth and leadership of IBM Malaysia’s operation, which includes sales and distribution along with IBM’s fully-owned subsidiaries offering global delivery services – IBM Client Innovation Center. As organizations reinvent themselves to outperform competition, Catherine leads the Malaysia team to help clients, partners, and key stakeholders put smart to work in their organizations by applying IBM’s leading AI/cognitive solutions, cloud platform, and industry capabilities to advance digital transformation.
An economics graduate from Universiti Utara Malaysia, Lian joins IBM from Dell Technologies where she has worked since 1998. She began her career as an account manager in Dell Penang and took on diverse management roles across ASEAN and South Asian markets including Malaysia, Korea, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, China, Bangladesh, Indochina, Cambodia and grew market share in the developing markets by 40% YoY. She was most recently the managing director at Dell Indonesia. At Dell, Lian was consistently recognized for overachieving business targets and was a recipient of the Dell’s Chairman Club award in 2018.
An active advocate for women in leadership, Lian was part of Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network that supported women business owners by providing access to technology, capital, resources and networking. She continues to mentor aspiring talent in and outside the IT industry with the belief that by leading the way, aspirants are empowered to create thriving and sustainable global communities.