Adam Yee appointed Siemens Malaysia’s president and CEO

This marks the 1st time Siemens Malaysia has a Malaysian as its CEO

By TMR

SIEMENS Malaysia Sdn Bhd announced the appointment of Adam Yee (picture) as the new president and CEO, which came into effect on Nov 1, 2019.

Yee will concurrently continue his role as the head of digital industries operating company in Malaysia, a capacity which has been under his leadership when the business was previously known as the Digital Factory and Process Industries and Drives division — prior to the global Siemens AG reorganisation which led to the formation of the operating companies structure.

He succeeded Indranil Lahiri, who has since left the organisation. This appointment marks Siemens Malaysia’s first time having a Malaysian as its CEO.

Yee has been with Siemens Malaysia for 17 years, specialising in the electrical and manufacturing segments before moving up to the upper management. He honed his skills both at the frontline and the back end of the sales trade and contributed to the strategic development of customer network.

As the head of digital industries operating company, he oversees marketing strategy and business development work through the implementation of various frameworks to improve the company’s sales and market approach.

Additionally, he leads the control products business unit for Asean region. Under his leadership, the digital industries division was awarded the title of Best Profits in Operation and Best Performance in Order Intake within two years upon his then-appointment as senior VP and division lead.

In his new role as president and CEO, Yee hoped to continue spearheading the digital transformation journey within the company, as well as for external stakeholders and customers.

He said it is important for more manufacturing industries to embrace Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR4.0) and hoped to vigorously support local small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in their digital adoption, with plans that are aligned with the government’s Industry4WRD initiative launched last year.

Notably, as SMEs make up 97% of businesses in the country and are the generator of the nation’s economic growth through job creation for the people.

Moreover, Yee has a strong passion to continuously drive education through projects to prepare students and fresh graduates with IR4.0 knowledge and skills — one of such initiatives is the collaboration forged with the Malaysian Technical University Network in August this year to launch a bachelor’s degree programme in Industrial Electronic Automation for students of four selected public universities for a start.

He hoped to continuously engage employees in propelling the company forward with crucial direction and strategies, in the eventual departure of the Siemens’ gas and power business which will be carved out into a new, independent company (to be known as Siemens Energy in the future) once the exercise is completed on Jan 1, 2020.

Notwithstanding the company-wide development, he said his immediate focus will be on supporting the remaining sectors of Siemens Malaysia to chart breakthroughs and growth, while seeking to meet all stakeholders soon as a pledge to his commitment of delivering new milestones and expanding the market share.