CSF Adviser's Chairman and CEO
Prior to his involvement with CSF, Billy Lee had served multiple leadership roles in Hitachi Sunway Group overseeing its businesses in the ASEAN region as Executive Vice President of Hitachi Sunway Information Systems Sdn Bhd, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Hitachi Sunway Data Centre Services Sdn Bhd and Managing Director of Hitachi Sunway Information Systems (Thailand).
Billy Lee began his career as technology executive in 1995 then turned entrepreneur and founded few companies including:
Since 1996, Mr. Lee founded a few companies including Cyber Page, a firm principally engaged in web designing; Surf City, an operator of an internet café chain (subsequently acquired by another Malaysian entrepreneur in 2000); and Free Net Business Solution Sdn Bhd (“Freenet”) – a company principally engaged in providing data centre and IT outsourcing services which was accredited with multiple awards – under which he developed a number of business solutions including Call2SIP, a voice over internet platform (VOIP) service, and Hostpro2u, a cloud hosting service (subsequently acquired by E-Globalfocus Sdn Bhd in 2008). Freenet was subsequently acquired by Hitachi Sunway Information System Sdn Bhd in 2016.
Billy Lee is well respected among the IT community in Malaysia and in the ASEAN region particularly in the space of data centre infrastructure and outsourcing services, cloud infrastructure and services, IT outsourcing services, and telecommunications. He is a frequent and sought-after speaker at various industry events. He was also the founding member of the Malaysian Data Centre Alliance (MDCA) – a professional and sustainable alliance that provides a collective voice for the industry with respect to regulation and policy issues that may affect it – and served as its Chairman for two (2) terms.
From 2013 to 2017, he served as a Member of Outsourcing Malaysia (OM) – an initiative of the Global Business Services (GBS) industry and a chapter of PIKOM (the National Technology Association of Malaysia) which aims to promote and develop Malaysia’s GBS industry as a global hub for high-value services.
During the period from 2011 to 2015, he held board positions at Internet Alliance Malaysia (IA), an association for all internet service providers in Malaysia, and also served as a panel member of Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA), now known as Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC), from 2011 to 2016.
Billy Lee graduated in 1995 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Management Information System from the Washington State University and Executive certification on Strategy and Innovation from MIT Slogn School of Management. With years of entrepreneurial experience and a proven record of having built a number of successful technology companies, he has developed good business acumen and in-depth knowledge of the IT market and industry, particularly in Malaysia and the ASEAN region. Moreover, he has also developed sound practical knowledge in important areas of business including management, finance, sales and marketing, and technical operations – the traits and skillset of a dynamic, hands-on and visionary entrepreneur.
Regional Works Experience
CSF Advisers Sdn Bhd
To develop, construct, operate and manage data center facility. Owner of CSF TelcoHub, the largest telecommunication hub in Malaysia.
Malaysia Business Angle Network accredited investor and Bursa Malaysia accredited sophisticated investor
Mainly focus on M&A and business transformation project for technology company.
Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation
Responsible to undertake comprehensive technical, commercial, and financial assessment on grant seeker’s proposal and provide recommendation for approval.
Adapflex Sdn Bhd
To provide strategy, innovation, technology consulting and management services, with an emphasis on technology and services to government, telecommunication, technology, and IT industry.
Vice ChairmanLondon, United Kingdom
- 2018 – Present, DataCloud Global Award 2019 to 2021, Global Judge.
- 2017 – DataCloud Asia Award 2018, Vice Chairman, Judge.
Evaluate and select winner from around the world for 18 award categories including cloud, data centre, edge computing, sustainable technology, smart city which include winners like SAP, Google, CBRE, Equinix, SuperNAP, Digital Realty and ST Telemedia.
1 year 8 monthsManaging DirectorBangkok, Thailand
Hitachi Sunway Information Systems Ltd
2 years 11 monthsChief Executive Officer & Director
Hitachi Sunway Data Centre Services (ASEAN)
4 years 6 monthsFounding ChairmanKuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Malaysian Data Centre Alliance
4 yearsFounder & MDSuzhou, China
FreeNet Technology Ltd
16 years 3 monthsFounder & CEOKuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Free Net Business Solutions Sdn Bhd
Manage software development, cloud, data center, ISP, system integration business.
Created 2 other businesses.
- Hostpro2u was the leading cloud company in early internet era.
- Call2Sip a regional internet voice over IP wholesaler had presence in Hong Kong, China, Vietnam and Malaysia.