Local Management Team

Management Team

Matt Gutierrez

Senior Managing Director, Asia Pacific

Matt Gutierrez is a highly competent leader with nearly 30 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. As the Senior Managing Director of Asia Pacific for the Global Accounts Management and International Team, he leads the Sales, Marketing and Operations functions for the region, particularly focused on defining the continuous development strategies and driving profitable revenue growth.

Prior to joining CenturyLink, Matt has spent more than 17 years in Level 3 Communications, serving as interim Regional President of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Senior Vice President and Finance Director of EMEA, Senior Vice President of Operations in North America, Senior Vice President of Business Finance and Strategic Planning in North America and Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations in EMEA.

Ricky Chau

Vice President, Enterprise, Asia Pacific

Ricky is the Vice President of the Enterprise Group at CenturyLink Asia Pacific based in Hong Kong. In his role, he is responsible for the enterprise go-to-market strategy and customer experience in Asia Pacific. Ricky is also overseeing sales, sales engineering and client support to drive profitable revenue growth in the region.

With over 20 years in the industry, Ricky has extensive knowledge in the enterprise and service provider markets in the region. Ricky has most recently served as Vice President of Asia Pacific Sales for Level 3 Communications. Prior to joining Level 3, Ricky was Vice President of carrier services and General Manager of Global Crossing in Asia Pacific. Over the course of his professional career, he has been instrumental in driving growth and cultivating extensive business acumen throughout the region.

Trichur (Vish) Vishwanathan

Senior Director, Wholesales Sales, Asia Pacific

As the Senior Director of Wholesale Sales, Vish is primarily responsible for the creation and execution of CenturyLink’s go to market strategy targeted toward Asia Pacific headquartered wholesale clients, and delivering profitable revenue growth leveraging CenturyLink’s broad portfolio of products, services and network assets in North America, LATAM and EMEA.

With over 25 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, Vish has a long and distinguished career as a business leader, and is widely recognized in the Wholesale segment of the industry. Vish has previously held regional leadership positions at MCI International/Verizon Business and Motorola Inc.

Francis Prince Thangasamy

Vice President, IT Services & Managed Hosting, Asia Pacific

A strong leader with various cross-functional skills, Francis currently leads the IT Services & Managed Hosting (ITMH) organization covering Solutions Consulting, Implementations and Service Management functions in the Asia Pacific region. With a thorough understanding of market trends, he continuously develops the ITMH portfolio to meet customers' changing business needs throughout their entire lifecycle management.

Over the last eight years, Francis has held several senior management roles within CenturyLink, including leading Regional Operations, Infrastructure Engineering and Solutions Engineering. He championed several transformational initiatives and forged strategic relationships that successfully integrated and grew the business to achieve key milestones.

With more than 18 years of experience in the technology industry, Francis has worked with organizations specializing in Data Centres, Managed Services and IT Outsourcing. His in-depth experience in these sectors extends across functions including, but not limited to, business development, IT consulting and complex deal structuring.

Susie Wee

Senior Finance Director, Asia Pacific

Susie leads the Finance organization for Asia Pacific and is a qualified Finance Professional with a total of over 20+ years combined experience in Public Accounting, IT Hardware and Software industries and Regional functions.

Experienced in providing sound business support to management team through the execution of well-orchestrated business processes and their disciplines with extensive exposure to specific operational requirements of sales, marketing and distribution activities in highly computerized environments. Prior to joining CenturyLink, Susie held senior positions in Microsoft and Compaq Computers both in subsidiary and regional capacities.

Stacy Seah

Director, Marketing, Asia Pacific

As the Director of Marketing at CenturyLink, Stacy is responsible for CenturyLink's marketing strategy in Asia Pacific. This includes brand development and awareness in region, public relations and influencer management, demand creation, customer marketing strategy, partner marketing and marketing operations.

Stacy is a dynamic business builder with twenty years of experience with multi-national corporations in the IT and telecommunications industries. She has fourteen years of regional marketing experience, and has held various product marketing, solution marketing and field marketing positions at ICONZ-Webvisions, ECI Telecom, Nortel Networks, Transense Communications and 3Com. Prior to her career in marketing, Stacy spent five years as a Senior Software Consultant with Novell.

Carolynn Ang

Head of Human Resources, Asia Pacific

Carolynn Ang is an accomplished dynamic Human Resources professional with more than 20 years' experience in Asia Pacific as well as Middle East & Africa. She has worked in numerous technology companies such as Intralinks, ECI Telecom, Brightstar Corporation and Convergys, managing organizations of up to 600 employees in the region. Carolynn has broad expertise across all areas of Human Resources including talent management, talent acquisition, employee relations, compensation and benefits.

Tony Tu

Director, Business Operations, Asia Pacific

As the Director of Business Operations, Tony is responsible for managing CenturyLink's sales operations, business development and strategy, offer management and business reporting for Asia Pacific. Tony has over 13 years of experience in driving growth and expansions for the region, most notably for the telecommunications industry. Tony possesses extensive knowledge about business planning, partnerships and financial modeling.

Prior to joining CenturyLink, Tony spent several years in business development and sales operations role for Level 3 Communications and Pacnet. He began his career as a Research Analyst with Frost & Sullivan specializing in Information and Communications Technology, based in Australia.

Robert Gianquinto

Senior Director, Access & Commercial Services, Asia Pacific

Robert is the Senior Director for Access Management & Commercial Services responsible for all off-net third party relationships and costs in the Asia Pacific region. This includes all quoting for customer and network needs, planning, optimization, costs reduction, expansion of the APAC network, vendor management, third party collocation and budget management. A telecommunications industry veteran of 22 years, Robert has also held regional leadership roles for the Access Management function in North America, the Middle East and Latin America.

Prior to CenturyLink, Robert has worked at Teleport Communications, AT&T, Con Edison Communications and Global Crossing Telecommunications. Robert prides himself as a strong leader with a diverse background in various aspects of the business such as finance, operations, service management business development and access management.

Robert Davidson

Director, International Operations, Network, Asia Pacific 

Robert joined CenturyLink in 2000, and currently serves as the Director of International Operations and Network. Based in Hong Kong, he has over 22 years of international leadership experience deploying and operating global networks across Europe, The Americas and Asia Pacific in the Telecommunications and Engineering industries.

Prior to joining CenturyLink, Robert has held various Engineering and Operations leadership roles and most recently, Robert was with Qwest Communications where he was responsible for building their global infrastructure. Additionally, under his leadership, Robert has proven his expertise by turning around a negative cash flow business unit under 5 years, and ultimately contributing to the reorganization of Qwest's International operations. Robert was also responsible for the deployment of the Iridium Data Services offering where he previously served as a Senior Engineer.

Globally, Robert is a well-established leader who is equipped with broad technical and operations abilities. He has extensive hands-on experience in pre-sales, service delivery and assurance for complex international solutions, and continues to lead the regional network expansion today in CenturyLink.

Derek Northwood

Director, Hosting Infrastructure Engineering & Operations, Asia Pacific

Derek Northwood leads the Hosting Infrastructure Engineering team for the International business. Derek is an accomplished IT Director and ITIL Expert with 18 years of IT and Managed Services experience across a broad range of industries and technologies.

Derek has a demonstrable track record of building and managing high performing teams to design, deliver and support business solutions, successfully delivering projects and services in a dynamic and fast paced environment. Derek and his team are responsible for deploying and supporting the global CenturyLink hosting infrastructure.

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