Robb Report Singapore Thought Leader: Terry Smagh, Senior Vice-President and General Manager (Asia Pacific/Japan) of Infor

“Life is a risk however careful you are,” says Terry Smagh, SVP and GM (Asia Pacific/Japan) of Infor and member of the Robb Report Singapore Thought Leaders community

Cloud computing is almost as old as modern computing, with quiet beginnings traceable to the 1960s. However, its meteoric rise in importance is a relatively recent phenomenon as one of the fundamental pieces of contemporary infrastructure that impacts nearly every facet of our lives. The ubiquity of cloud computing is not merely a credit to vital technologies falling into place, it is also thanks to the vision and energy of business leaders like Terry Smagh, who was recently appointed Senior Vice-President and General Manager (Asia Pacific/Japan) of Infor.

How do you feel about risks? What are some of the biggest risks that you have taken?

Life is a risk however careful you are – the risk of the unknown always lurks. Bringing unknown companies into Asia, risking my career and reputation; but never once looking back, and making them a runaway success.

Where do you see this industry going in the future? Also, name one common misconception about your industry that you would change if you could.

Technology is evolving at a rapid pace. New developments across all fields are taking industries by storm. Automation, digital transformations and artificial intelligence – that’s going to shape the world. Technology is not boring. And not just about programming, though that is the core.

What do you consider to be your top professional achievement? What’s your next main goal?

Scaling the heights at a very young age, having senior leadership positions, opening markets around Asia Pacific single-handedly. My next goal is to take these experiences and bring others on that journey.

What are you curious about these days?

People. Much has changed in the last two years; lifestyle, priorities and outlook. It’s a reset moment.

What legacy do you hope you will leave for your child?

I would like for him to be a grounded man – have accountability of his actions and ownership of his choices, treat people with respect and compassion. And love his mother always.

What do you like to do for fun?

Restore classic cars and volunteer to coach rugby for St Andrew’s Rugby Club.

Editor’s note: Get to know the full Thought Leaders community here.

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