Ariba names new Asia-Pac chief

Regional vice president and managing director of Ariba, Dr Mukesh Aghi, stepped down from the helm at Ariba Asia Pacific on Wednesday, 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 of B2B e-commerce platform provider Ariba.

Effective immediately, Wee will driveAriba's regional growth in B2B and collaboration software markets.

He was previously general manager of industry services for IBM GSA, 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 organizational 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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