IBM on Monday named Dah-Chuen Chien to succeed Henry Chow as chief executive of its Greater China Group, effective immediately.
Chow, who has been chairman and chief executive for almost 12 years of IBM's Greater China Group, which covers IBM markets in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, will remain chairman.
Chien previously was the company's general manager for Southeast Asia and South Asia.
Chow will remain actively involved in helping IBM build its innovation presence in China and utilize resources and talent there, said IBM spokeswoman Amanda Garland.
Among the recent IBM developments in China on Chow's watch, IBM and Lehman Brothers contributed US$90 million each to capitalize the China Investment Fund in October 2006. The fund invests in Chinese companies, in support of the Chinese government's policy of encouraging businesses to be innovative.
IBM also signed an agreement in late November to open a Global Delivery Center in Western China's Sichuan Province. The center will provide application development and maintenance services to IBM clients around the world in English, Japanese and Chinese. The center is scheduled to be completed by February.