Harris Stratex Networks Inc. has opened its international headquarters (IHQ) in Changi Business Park Central, Singapore. Heading up the new entity, Harris Stratex Networks (S) Pte. Ltd., is vice president and general manager, Asif Rahman.

The headquarters begins operations with 12 employees, with plans to capitalize on the facility’s 12,500 ft2 occupancy by expanding the workforce to over 60 within 24 to 36 months.

The majority of these employees will be professionals, mainly recruited from Singapore. The new headquarters will serve as a global logistics and procurement centre, capitalizing on Singapore's world class seaport and airport infrastructure. Other functional areas will include day-to-day international operations, finance, contracts and supply chain management.

The company also plans to establish a research and development centre focused on software development at the new IHQ.

Guy Campbell, Harris Stratex Networks president and chief executive officer, commented, "Our new IHQ in Singapore further demonstrates the commitment of Harris Stratex Networks in meeting the needs of our global customer base.

It significantly strengthens our global presence and our commitment to being a major player in Asia and adjacent regions.

The Singapore Economic Development Board provided excellent support during the entire process, from decision making to planning and implementation."

In reply, Lim Siong Guan, chairman of the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), said, "The EDB welcomes Harris Stratex's decision to set up its headquarters functions, global logistics group and R&D centre in Singapore. Its presence reinforces Singapore's position as an ideal hub for a broad spectrum of Infocomms innovations and activities. Harris Stratex's decision is also testimony to Singapore's attractiveness as a centre for companies to manage and grow their global markets due to its excellent infrastructure, connectivity and talent pool."