AWS prepares for new ASEAN leader
- 01 July, 2019 14:03
Nick Walton (AWS)
Conor McNamara is set to assume the role of managing director of Amazon Web Services (AWS) across ASEAN, replacing Nick Walton who is returning to his native New Zealand.
Channel Asia understands that Singapore-based McNamara - currently head of business development across Asia Pacific - will take over in the second half of 2019.
At this stage, AWS has yet to offer an official comment on the move, apart from to state that Walton will remain with the company.
Walton is a veteran of AWS having joined the vendor as regional sales manager in April 2011, before assuming the role of head of enterprise in Australia three years later.
A move to ASEAN followed in January 2016 as managing director of Southeast Asia, a part of the market which houses Singapore as a cloud region, with Jakarta set to follow suit in 2022.
The region also comprises of key customers for AWS, including DBS Bank, AirAsia and Zalora, in addition to Globe Telecom, DoHome and Grab.
Prior to joining AWS, Walton spent more than five years at Microsoft in a number of business development and management roles, most recently collaborating with independent software vendors through the cloud.
Meanwhile, McNamara has more than a decade of management experience across a range of industry sectors, having joined AWS in September 2014.
Before joining the cloud vendor, McNamara was group transformation manager for almost two years at TSC Group in Australia, having previously held senior management roles at PwC for five years.
“A big part of my team’s mandate is to champion the cause of the Asia Pacific customers,” said McNamara, when speaking during a promotional AWS video in June 2018. “For me, Asia Pacific is the most exciting market because of its diversity, where we go from working in Australia with some of the largest enterprises to working with some of the early stage start-ups in markets like Indonesia and India.
“Our APAC strategy is underpinned by two key initiatives. One, helping customers to move out of data centres and reduce the cost of running their legacy IT infrastructure and two, helping customers to innovate at scale and at the speed of a start-up.”
Amazon Web Services declined to comment when approached by Channel Asia.