Uma Thana Balasingam is Vice President & Channel Chief, Asia Pacific & Japan at VMware. She’s responsible for developing and executing overall VMware partner strategy and programs for VMware’s ecosystem of solution providers, distributors, OEMs, service providers and telecommunications partners.
Uma was previously Vice President of Channels & Sales, Asia Pacific & Japan (APJ) for Riverbed, where she was responsible for defining the region’s go-to-market strategies and played an active role in shaping the company’s growth strategy in the region. She was recognized in May 2018 in CRN’s The Most Powerful Women of the Channel global list.
Uma has 19+ years’ experience in business and strategic channels development in the APJ region. Prior to joining Riverbed, she served approximately 8 years at EMC in various senior leadership roles that included new product sales, alliances, acquisitions, channels sales, strategy & planning. She previously held roles in management at Brocade and field sales at IBM, starting her career as a systems engineer.
Uma is also the co-founder of Lean In Singapore and the founder of Lean In Women in Technology Asia & Women In Technology Singapore. LeanIn.Org was founded by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg to empower women to achieve their ambitions. Lean In Singapore, founded in 2016, is a community of over 3000 women & men that comes together to be inspired, empowered and educated with a focus on driving gender diversity in the workplace.
Uma has a Bachelor of Computer Science and Management Information Systems from University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur.