Desarack Teso, Corporate, External and Legal Affairs Director, Microsoft Thailand


Desarack (“Des”) Teso joined Microsoft Thailand as Director of Corporate, External & Legal Affairs in July 2009. Des is responsible for the company’s corporate, external, and legal affairs, and is a member of the company's leadership team in Thailand. His responsibilities include legal, corporate governance, government affairs, public policy, and compliance. Des represents the company externally in Thailand on critical issues relating to public cloud including privacy, security, digital inclusion, cybersecurity, intellectual property, among others. Recently, Des works extensively on regulatory compliance with FSI customers in their digital transformation journey.

Des grew up in Hawaii and attended Linfield College in Oregon on a tennis scholarship where he graduated in BA Accounting. He then qualified as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and started as an auditor for a CPA firm in Hawaii. He later received a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from the University of Hawaii and later a Masters of Business Administration (MBA). Des is a member of the Hawaii State Bar Association.

Des has had both regional and country roles in the Asia Pacific region for almost 20 years, spanning many disciplines (public policy, government and regulatory affairs, tax, compliance, legal commercial, citizenship) and in different industry sectors (consulting, tobacco, mining, food, IT). Des started his career in Laos 1997 (where he is originally from) as a commercial lawyer for Mekong Law Group, then as a tax advisor for PricewaterhouseCoopers Indochina. Des then moved to Hong Kong where he took up a regional fiscal and regulatory affairs role for Asia Pacific with Philip Morris Asia, where he was responsible for countries spanning from Japan to Pakistan. After 5 years in Hong Kong, he then made an internal transfer to Singapore as the South East Asia regional corporate affairs lead for Kraft Foods Asia Pacific, with strong focus on the Philippines and Indonesia. Prior to joining Microsoft Thailand, Des went back to Laos and worked as the legal counsel for PanAust, Phu Bia Mining Limited, an Australian mining company with mining concessions in Laos and Thailand.