Cisco installs new general manager for Saudi Arabia
our goal for Saudi Arabia is to continue to focus on developing and creating opportunities for Saudi nationals, Mike Weston said.
CISCO has appointed as the new general manager for its business in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Alabbadi, who has been acting general manager for the past few months, takes on this role with immediate effect.
He is a longstanding Cisco veteran having joined the company in 2000. He started his tenure as a marketing manager, before moving on to spend several years in Cisco’s channel organization. In 2005, Alabbadi joined the Public Sector team where he held various roles including Local Government Territory Manager and Defense Team Lead and Regional Manager. He successfully grew the Education business establishing it as a standalone business unit. In 2012, he was promoted to Director of the Public Sector team in 2012.
Mike Weston, Vice President for Cisco in the Middle East, said "our goal for Saudi Arabia is to continue to focus on developing and creating opportunities for Saudi nationals and this appointment is yet another proof-point in our ongoing strategy to deliver this. I am delighted that Engineer Alabbadi has demonstrated the business acumen and met the criteria to be able to take on this pivotal role and I look forward to working with him as a key member of the Middle East leadership team."
Alabbadi said "I feel honored to have been chosen to lead Cisco’s business in Saudi given that the Kingdom plays such an important and integral role in Cisco’s strategy for growth globally. Cisco Saudi Arabia is on a journey of positive transformation to become the leading IT company in the country. With technology having been identified as a key focus for growth in the Kingdom, Cisco aims to continue to partner with both private and public sector organizations to help drive this growth and build on these opportunities. I look forward to leading Cisco in this next phase of growth in the Kingdom."
An engineering graduate from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), Alabbadi also holds an MBA from the IE Business School, Madrid, Spain. - SG
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