21Vianet Group, Inc. Appoints President of Microsoft Cloud Operation
BEIJING, Oct. 10, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 21Vianet Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:VNET)
("21Vianet" or the "Company"), the largest carrier-neutral internet data
center services provider in China, today announced that its board of directors
has appointed Mr. Wing-Dar Ker, a 19-year Microsoft veteran, as President of
Microsoft Cloud Operation effective immediately.
Most recently Mr. Ker served as General Manager of Customer Service and
Support (CSS) for the Asia Pacific and Greater China (APGC) Region at
Microsoft, where he led a team of 900 staff located in 13 cities across Asia.
He was responsible for overseeing customer service and technical support in
the APGC region, as well as web support for the Americas and EMEA regions. Mr.
Ker joined Microsoft in 1993 as the Finance Controller for APGC responsible
for finance and administration functions. Later, he was responsible for
managing distribution and resell channels as well as the small- to mid-size
business segment sales. He also served as Asia Chief Information Officer,
where he managed Microsoft internal IT functions for the Asia Pacific region,
and oversaw the technology infrastructure of over 45 locations across Asia.
Over his tenure at Microsoft, Mr. Ker, as well as the APGC CSS under his
leadership, received many industry awards from reputable institutions that
recognize his leadership in driving innovations in customer services and
support. Mr. Ker holds a Master Degree of Business Administration (MBA) from
the Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and a Bachelor Degree
of Economics from the National Taiwan University.
Mr. Josh Chen, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Company,
stated, "We are delighted to welcome Wing-Dar to our team. He brings with him
two decades of leadership experience within Microsoft, helping to develop
their technical platform in Asia and driving regional strategic initiatives
and innovation. His rich background of organizational and technological
leadership and experience within Microsoft will be a tremendous advantage for
21Vianet as we commercially launch Microsoft's premium cloud services in
China. We look forward to working with Wing-Dar and his leadership in
contributing to our Microsoft cloud operation, helping to accelerate growth
opportunities for our company going forward."
21Vianet is the largest carrier-neutral internet data center services provider
in China. 21Vianet provides hosting and related services, managed network
services, cloud infrastructure services, and content delivery network
services, improving the reliability, security and speed of its customers'
internet infrastructure. Customers may locate their servers and networking
equipment in 21Vianet's data centers and connect to China's internet backbone
through 21Vianet's extensive fiber optic network. In addition, 21Vianet's
proprietary smart routing technology enables customers' data to be delivered
across the internet in a faster and more reliable manner. 21Vianet operates in
more than 40 cities throughout China, servicing a diversified and loyal base
of more than 2,000 customers that span many industries ranging from internet
companies to government entities and blue-chip enterprises to small- to
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