Serene Sia Takes Helm as Singapore Country Director at Google Cloud Amid Its AI Pushby Fintech News Singapore November 21, 2023
Google Cloud has appointed Serene Sia as the new Country Director for its Singapore operations. Sia’s role will focus on leading the company’s go-to-market strategy and operations, including consulting, sales, and managing the partner ecosystem.
She will also collaborate with teams across Google to assist Singaporean organisations in utilising enterprise-grade cloud AI solutions.
Reporting to Mark Micallef, the Managing Director of Southeast Asia for Google Cloud, Sia brings a wealth of experience to her new role.
Her career spans over three decades in diverse business and software technology leadership roles across Asia, with previous positions at Autodesk, Oracle, Salesforce, and SAP.
Sia’s track record includes leading strategic business engagements and forming partnerships with various sectors such as financial services, telecommunications, retail, and manufacturing.
In 2014, she played a pivotal role in establishing the human capital consulting company Presence of IT, which was later acquired by Deloitte in 2019.
Google Cloud had recently launched data residency for its generative AI capabilities in Singapore, allowing local organisations to store data from AI applications within the country.
This move aligns with Google Cloud’s collaboration with Singapore’s Centre for Strategic Infocomm Technologies (CSIT) in piloting a sovereign cloud solution to address defense and security challenges.
“Serene joins Google Cloud at an exciting phase of our growth in Singapore, where numerous organisations are emerging from our Generative AI Innovation Sandboxes with solution prototypes that they are aiming to scale with enterprise-grade safety, security, and privacy.
I’m excited that a leader with extensive industry experience and a consultative approach to solving customers’ most critical challenges will help deepen our customer and partner relationships, and ensure we continue to meet their digital transformation needs in this highly strategic and important market.”
said Mark Micallef, Managing Director, Southeast Asia, Google Cloud.
“I’m excited to be joining the company at a moment where we are not only spearheading conversations about the possibilities of AI but actively helping organisations to apply the technology in practical ways.
I look forward to building on the success of these initiatives, deepening relationships with our customers, and enabling them to take full advantage of AI while maintaining protection over their intellectual property, adhering to regulations around data security and privacy, and ensuring that their models and applications are safe to use.”
said Serene Sia, Country Director, Singapore, Google Cloud.