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Microsoft M'sia MD resigns
By Jay Chong
Thursday, February 10 2000

KUALA LUMPUR--Microsoft Malaysia Sdn Bhd head honcho Benedict Lee sprung a surprise yesterday when he announced his resignation as managing director of the software giant's subsidiary in Malaysia.

Lee, 40, told CNET Asia that he intends to concentrate on his family. "I will not be doing any work for a while yet, just taking a break for some time," he said, adding that the decision was made recently.

However, Lee said that he will re-enter the business world at a later stage. He did not provide specifics.

Lee took over the helm from John Lauer on December 1, 1995. Under him, Microsoft has achieved several milestones in the local IT industry. Notable mentions is work done with the Ministry of Education to build a Connected Learning Community for the public and private sector and a joint effort with the Business Software Alliance to curb software piracy in the country.

He was also instrumental in the set up of subsidiary Microsoft Knowledge Capital Centre and helped clinch several lucrative MSC related projects.

On the community front, Microsoft Foundation Campaign, the philanthropic arm of Microsoft Malaysia, is actively working with non-profit organizations such as CyberCare to make information technology accessible to the less fortunate.

Lee has been in the IT industry for 19 years. Prior to joining Microsoft, he was with IBM Malaysia.

His career and experience has spanned sales, management and IT consulting. As Microsoft Malaysia managing director, Lee was responsible for its overall business strategies, support and marketing activities in Malaysia.

His IT experience cover a broad range of industries, including banking, insurance, securities, transportation, utilities and telecommunications.

Lee is the second high-profile head of an IT multi-national company to resign in recent times.

On January 6, Compaq Computer Malaysia managing director Cheam Tat-Inn left the company to join a Silicon Valley-based start-up.

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