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IBM Hong Kong appoints Francis Ngai as general manager

IBM Hong Kong appoints Francis Ngai as general managerIBM has appointed Francis Ngai as its general manager for Hong Kong, replacing IBM veteran Tony Tai.

Ngai has been promoted from the role of executive assistant to IBM Greater China chairman Liming Chen.

He joined IBM Hong Kong in 1987, and during his career has served in roles including director of commercial business for Greater China, where he integrated IBM's digital sales and commercial workforce.

Ngai's predecessor Tony Tai has retired from the role after 37 years at IBM. He joined IBM Hong Kong in 1980 and moved quickly up the ranks to assume key leadership roles in both Hong Kong and Greater China, including serving as the first chief marketing officer for IBM Greater China.

Tai will act as an advisor to IBM Hong Kong during the transition period.

“My sincere thanks go to Tony for his contributions to the company over the decades, particularly in the past six years where he led IBM Hong Kong to transform, grow and create new value for clients in the big data and cognitive era,” IBM Greater China general manager Jeff Rhoda said.

“The next few years will be critical for businesses and institutions in Hong Kong - and indeed around the world -  to make key architectural decisions - about cloud, data, and AI. Francis, a local leader with a strong track record in driving business growth and organizational transformation, is the ideal person to lead IBM Hong Kong in its cognitive and cloud transformation.”