Ariba names new Asia Pacific chief

Business to business e-commerce platform provider Ariba has made some changes at the top of its Asia Pacific operations.

          Business to business e-commerce platform provider Ariba has made some changes at the top of its Asia Pacific operations.

          Dr Mukesh Aghi, regional vice president and managing director of Ariba, stepped down from the helm at Ariba Asia Pacific on yesterday, making way for a new Asia Pacific head, Laurence Wee, a former IBM senior executive. Aghi will take up a US posting as vice president of worldwide sales operations.

          Effective immediately, Wee is charged with driving Ariba's regional growth in B2B and collaboration software markets.

          He was previously general manager of industry services for IBM Global Services Australia, managing the business unit across government, education, healthcare and pharmaceutical industries, a company statement said. Wee brings 20 years of high-end IT experience to the role, and held various executive positions with IBM.

          James Steele, Ariba's executive vice president of global sales and services said of Wee's appointment: "We are very pleased that Lawrence Wee will lead our Asia Pacific team as we move into the next phase of development in this region. With a proven track record of delivering growth beyond expectations, and solid experience in building and developing organisational teams, Wee will play a pivotal role in establishing Ariba's leadership in the Asia Pacific region and beyond,"

          "We are also very fortunate that Mukesh Aghi will be able to extend his influence and share his expertise across the sales organization in this new global operations role."

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