Aboitiz Data Innovation appoints new GM for Smart Cities

Aboitiz Data Innovation has officially announced the appointment of Alvin Ng as General Manager for Smart Cities, to play a key role in advancing ADI’s mission to drive the adoption of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence tools and solutions for smart city development in the region.

Formerly the APAC Vice President of Digital Solutions at Johnson Controls, a global company providing integrated smart green building systems, services, and solutions, Ng oversaw the company’s advancement toward digital and sustainable growth in the region. Prior to joining Johnson Controls, he was the General Manager of GE Digital, where he was responsible for leading GE Digital’s automated industrial and data-driven software solutions to drive real-time connectivity and data intelligence in Asia.

“I am thrilled to join ADI, a company that is pushing out innovative solutions for a better future, while advancing communities throughout Southeast Asia,” said Ng. “With ADI’s goals to strengthen its footing in the development of smart cities, I look forward to bringing my own experience and passion for digital transformation and advanced technologies such as IoT and AI to the table, while working alongside a talented team.”

This strategic appointment further strengthens the ADI innovation footprint and presence across industries in the region following the appointment of Guy Sheppard, General Manager for Financial Services, and Luis Gonzalez, General Manager for Power Industry, earlier this year.

Ng joins ADI with over 25 years of experience in sales management, global business, and market development. He has held various global leadership roles in multinational companies such as Wincor Nixdorf AG, Cisco Systems, and Rosenbluth International. He is also a founding member of the World Economic Forum’s Digital ASEAN Skills Task Force.

Today, he serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Nanyang Business School, part of Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University, teaching Digital Transformation, AI for business, Internet of Things, and Sustainability Leadership programs. He is also closely involved with the Nanyang MBA as an Industry-Faculty Lead for the school’s “Business Consulting” and “Leader as a Coach” programs, and plays the role of Senior Career Fellow for global executive and full-time MBA students.

ADI Managing Director Dr. David R. Hardoon said: “Through our work at ADI over the past year, we have proven that optimizing traditional methods with Data Science and AI has brought pioneering innovations and can contribute to the wider community. Alvin’s experience in data-driven digital solutions in the building sector, combined with his commitment to sustainability is definitely going to be an asset for ADI in promoting the adoption of DSAI for our smart cities practices.”

Aboitiz Data Innovation is the Data Science and Artificial Intelligence arm of the Aboitiz Group. ADI consolidates DSAI operating models across the Group and promotes a data-driven culture across the organization. Its chief responsibility is to transform data into business outcomes, exploit information to make better decisions, reinvent business models, and develop high-value solutions to create new processes, products, and services. By operationalizing DSAI across the Aboitiz Group’s business units, ADI is advancing an over-a-century-old company’s great transformation journey into becoming the Philippines’ first techglomerate.


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