KUALA LUMPUR, 2 JUNE 2010 -- Three Malaysians hold top posts in the industry body World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA), which is a consortium of 70 information technology (IT) industry associations from around the world.
The trio includes Dato' Dan E. Khoo, who has been re-elected as WITSA chairman for a second two-year term and will serve till 20 May 2012, according to a statement from PIKOM [Malaysia's national ICT association].
Currently vice president of business strategy and transformation at Malaysian government ICT agency Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC), Khoo has outlined plans to strengthen WITSA's position as an industry leader, said PIKOM.
Khoo was responsible for the organisation of WCIT 2008 (WITSA's 16th World Congress on Information Technology 2008) in Kuala Lumpur in May 2008, which was declared by WITSA as the best ever in its 30-year history with more than 3,313 delegates registered and 42,659 expo visitors from 92 countries. About 100 prominent personalities spoke and ICT ministers from 35 countries were present. WCIT 2008 also raised more than US$11 million in sponsorships, the most in the history of the World Congress.
Founded in the US in 1978 under its original name of World Computing Services Industry Association, the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) is a global ICT industry consortium of more than 70 national ICT industry associations with members representing more than 90 per cent of the world ICT market.
PIKOM, (the national ICT association of Malaysia) is the association representing the ICT industry in Malaysia, with a membership of more than 1,300 companies that comprise about 80 per cent of the total ICT trade in Malaysia.
Malaysia attains world standards in leadership
According to PIKOM, WITSA also announced the appointment of Looi Kien Leong to WITSA's board for the same two-year period. Looi serves PIKOM as an advisor. He is also the president of the Asian-Oceanian Computing Industry Organisation (ASOCIO).
In addition, David Wong Nan Fay, PIKOM immediate past chairman, was appointed to chair the Global Trade Committee to spearhead ICT trade among member economies of WITSA, said PIKOM.
PIKOM's statement said the appointment of three Malaysians to the international board of WITSA demonstrated that Malaysia had attained world standards in executive leadership.
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