Microsoft has promoted its Australian managing director, Tracey Fellows, as its new area vice-president for Asia Pacific replacing Emilio Umeoka.
Fellows will relocate from Sydney to Singapore and is responsible for overseeing sales, services and marketing for 12 countries in the region.
A Microsoft spokesperson said Fellows will also be charged with searching for the right candidate to take on the Australian managing director post.
"Finalising a new Australian team lead is one of Tracey and Microsoft’s immediate priorities and that process is already underway," the spokesperson said. "Tracey will continue to act as the Australian country manager until a new leader is in place. Our focus is on finding the best candidate for the role."
She will take up the role on December 22 and report to Microsoft president, Jean-Philippe Courtois. Umeoka is leaving Microsoft in late December to pursue a new career opportunity in the US.
“The Asia Pacific region is incredibly diverse and dynamic,” Fellows said in a statement. “It is also a place where we can do much to deliver on our mission to make technology available to the next generation of users, and I am keen to make the most of the opportunity to work with our partners and governments around the region to deliver on that commitment.
“I am passionate about education and the role that technology can play in developing skills and improving learning, as well as advancing the role of women in the IT industry. We have a track record supporting these goals, and I am keen to ensure we build on these very strong foundations.”
The Asia Pacific area for Microsoft includes Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.
Fellows' resume features more than 20 years experience in the technology industry. She served in senior roles at Dell and IBM, before joining Microsoft's marketing division in 2003. She took the top job in January 2007, replacing Steve Vamos at the time.