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Catherine Lian

Catherine Lian was named Managing Director IBM Malaysia in April 2019. In this role, she is

responsible for the growth and leadership of IBM Malaysia’ operations, which includes sales

and distribution and IBM’s fully-owned subsidiaries offering global delivery services – IBM

Client Innovation Center.

As organisations reinvent themselves to outperform competition, Catherine will lead the

Malaysia team to help clients, partners, and key stakeholders put smart to work in their

organisations 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 recognised 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.

Lian 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


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