Dr. Tom Tan
Chief Operating Officer
Throughout his 33 years career, he has led teams in leadership and organizational transformation as well as change management as a result of digitization of organisations and have led both local and foreign staff through his exposure working in Malaysia, Thailand and China.
Tom understands both technology as well as business and is able to synthesize the impact of technology in today’s business. His experiences in the corporate sector which ranges from providing leadership in strategy management as well as operations in various industry ranging from finance, consulting, online gaming, B2B commerce and software development in addition to his entrepreneurial experience in starting up a training college, one of the first Internet training college in Malaysia as well as the establishment of a full-fledged university in Malaysia allows him to effectively link both theoretical and practical application.
Through his 10 years of corporate training and lecturing, he has developed key programs that are fundamental to organization development in the areas of e-commerce, e-business as well as security governance and IT strategies and has trained large organizations like Telekom, Standard Chartered Bank, Genting Group, Top Glove and Ambank. He was the first in Malaysia to develop a 4-day e-business strategic course that teaches participants how to develop an Internet Business Plan and exposes them to concepts and strategic issues of e-business.
Tom has delivered the course to hundreds of participants ranging from CEOs to accountants and IT personnel and also to major corporations such as EDI Malaysia, Standard Chartered Bank and others. He has been invited to speak at conferences and seminars on various Internet as well as Strategic IT topics. His experience has led him to be selected as a business coach for the Malaysian Innovation Foundation where he coached grass roots entrepreneurs on the commercialisation of their products and have successfully led two of his teams to be awarded a RM 100,000 grant each for commercialization. He was also one of three people selected by British Computer Society and working with MDEC to be an external assessor for Computational Thinking. He has developed a Strategic National PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) Plan for Digicert Sdn Bhd, one of two Certification Authority in Malaysia. The Strategic National PKI Plan was presented to the Government by Digicert as a roadmap for the implementation of the National PKI policy. He also lectures at the post-graduate level at some of the top universities in Malaysia.