Mark Micallef joins Google Cloud to drive AI innovation in SEA

Google Cloud announced the appointment of Mark Micallef as managing director of its business in Southeast Asia (SEA). He will be responsible for driving regional strategy, direction, team development, and overall revenue performance for Google Cloud and Google Workspace.

Micallef will work with teams across Google to help customers reimagine their businesses through responsible artificial intelligence (AI) innovation. He will report to Karan Bajwa, vice president of Asia Pacific, Google Cloud. 

“Southeast Asia continues to be one of Google Cloud’s most important and high-growth regions globally,” Bajwa said. “Mark joins us at a time when technology advancements are presenting this region with the opportunity to leapfrog into the AI economy — the same way it became a digital and mobile-first economy that’s on track to be worth more than $300 billion by 2025.”

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Management experience

Micallef joins Google Cloud following leadership roles at Anaplan, Cloudera, Citrix, and Trend Micro, bringing over 28 years of technical, sales, and management experience. Across his career in technology leadership, he has helped multiple businesses grow and scale in Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Japan, Greater China, India, and Korea.

“With the current momentum surrounding AI, especially generative AI, business leaders want to know how they can make the most of this technology to transform their operations, disrupt industries, and realize new growth opportunities,” said Micallef, said. “I’m thrilled to be joining a company that’s been at the forefront of this field for over two decades, and to be leading a highly talented team across Southeast Asia as we enable organizations of all sizes to innovate quickly, securely, and responsibly with enterprise-grade cloud AI models, platforms, and products suites.”

Google Cloud has gained mindshare and market share with enterprises in Southeast Asia, including those operating in regulated industries.