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Zarina Lam Stanford, CMO – Back Office Associates

As Head of Marketing, Zarina Stanford is responsible for the development and implementation of SAP’s marketing strategy across the Asia Pacific and Japan region. Zarina adopts a customer-centric and insight-driven approach in her go-to-market for SAP in the region, overseeing audience, industry, and experiential marketing across all customer segments in support of the entire SAP business. She is a recognized change agent who spearheads business and transformational initiatives through imagining the possible. A seasoned industry veteran, Zarina has held various sales and marketing executive positions in North America and Asia.

Prior to joining SAP, she was VP of Marketing at IBM where she oversaw segment marketing for Growth Markets and Asia Pacific. champion for diversity and inclusion initiatives, Zarina is currently Bilateral Committee Chairperson for Asia Pacific-India Cooperation at the global women’s chamber ALL Ladies League ( She joined the list of Diversity Journal’s Women Worth Watching Award recipients in 2016. Zarina also serves on the Board of Advisors of BDFoundation, a global non-profit organization to advance inclusion and development for girls and women.

Zarina is a graduate of the Asian Advanced Leadership Program from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. She holds an MBA from Southern Methodist University and a BA in Journalism from the University of North Texas.