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Head of Account Management for Asia Named

Yong Wee Yap Promoted to Head of Account Management Asia

By
Stefano Battan
January 18, 2023
Yong Wee Yap, Head of Account Management Asia.
Yong Wee Yap, Head of Account Management Asia.

JAS is pleased to announce the promotion of Yong Wee Yap to Head of Account Management Asia.

Since joining JAS in 2014, Yong has been instrumental in developing Strategic Accounts in the High Tech and Aerospace verticals in Asia and globally.

In his new role, Yong’s focus will shift to Program Management, leading a team of ten National Account Managers (NAMs) across nine countries (AU, ID, KR, JP, MY, SG, TH, TW, VN). The Asia NAMs will functionally report to Yong and directly report to the respective National Sales Managers (NSMs).

Yong will be responsible for implementing program methods, tools, and scalable solutions to support the commercial strategy within Asia by driving accountability for the effective management of our client’s business. In addition, he will lead, develop and coach a team of high-performing account managers that fully understand the accounts’ business strategies/objectives while continually focusing on providing solutions to achieving goals and mitigating risks/constraints.

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