Singapore: Open source software major SUSE has appointed Vishal Ghariwala as its new Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the Asia-Pacific and Japan (APJ), and Greater China regions. With this new appointment, Ghariwala becomes the first CTO for these regions.
Prior to joining SUSE, Vishal Ghariwala worked as Director of Cloud Native Application Platforms at Red Hat. Red Hat‘s Cloud-Native Applications Platforms is part of the company’s APAC Office of Technology in the Asia Pacific region.
As Director, Ghairwala led a team in charge of the execution of Red Hat’s Strategic Imperatives and go-to-market plans for OpenShift and Middleware Application Services in this region.
Considered as a visionary in the IT industry, Vishal Ghariwala’s appointment will strengthen SUSE’s expansion plans in these regions. He brings to SUSE a demonstrated track record and over 20 years of experience in cloud computing, cloud-native applications and middleware. He has spent half his career working in open source companies.
As the new CTO for APJ and Greater China, Vishal will focus on executive-level engagement with key customers and partners and growing SUSE’s mindshare in the industry. His vast technical experience will support the global Office of the CTO’s objectives in identifying and driving innovative technologies and opportunities in Enterprise Linux, Kubernetes Management and Edge solutions to benefit SUSE and its customers. He will be based in the Singapore office.
“I am proud and thrilled to be joining SUSE. From digitization of processes to rapid changes in consumer patterns and trends, keeping up with technology can be pressurizing on organisations. However, with the flexibility of open-source, possibilities are endless,” said Vishal Ghariwala.
“Whether businesses are starting small or enterprises that are becoming hyperscalers, open source presents a dedicated and meaningful solution for every business need and that is what intrigues and excites me. I look forward to helping SUSE to achieve greater heights and empowering more enterprises and partners in their future-proof business journey,” added Ghariwala.
“Vishal is a passionate leader who brings with him a wealth of experience in the tech sector. He has an admirable record of success in propelling and growing enterprises under his portfolio. I am confident that he will add immense value to SUSE and our customers as we continue to innovate and evolve ahead of the times,” commented, Thomas Di Giacomo, Chief Product and Technology Officer- SUSE.
Ghariwala in past held key technical and presales roles in government and tech companies. He worked with Singapore’s Infocomm Development Authority, ILOG and IBM.