Published November 27th, 2008 - 02:08 GMT

 Further expanding its business and operations in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region, AT&T Inc (T: NYSE) today announced it is appointing a new sales leader to serve AT&T’s global business customers in the region.

Kevin Maher, newly appointed as Regional Vice President of Middle East & Africa, will be based in Dubai, where AT&T maintains its regional headquarters, and will be responsible for the strategic direction and tactical management of the global resources serving AT&T’s business customers in the region.

Maher has been part of the AT&T global sales leadership for the past five years and was most recently a sales centre VP supporting AT&T’s global customers with networking requirements in the United States.  He has more than 25 years of  experience in the telecommunications industry with AT&T, ITT, Western Union and Global One, having held positions of increasing responsibility in business leadership during his career. 

Maher joins the AT&T leadership team supporting AT&T’s operations in the region.  In January this year John Gibson was appointed president of Business Development, Middle East and Africa for AT&T. Gibson’s focus is to accelerate business development opportunities as part of AT&T’s ongoing strategic investment in the region and he has overall responsibility for AT&T business strategy, as well as infrastructure expansion, partnerships and alliances in the Middle East and Africa.

AT&T also announced that its latest network node in the region, in Saudi Arabia,  is operational and  available to serve the networking requirements for customers in the largest economy in the Middle East.  The node, in Jeddah, is operated in cooperation with Saudi Telecommunications Company (STC) and NavLink, a company in which AT&T maintains a minority shareholding. 

The advanced data infrastructure from AT&T will allow AT&T customers to directly interconnect to STC’s nationwide Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) network – the largest and most advanced MPLS network in the Middle East region. 
Following completion of the node and interconnection of the AT&T network with STC’s national MPLS Network, AT&T is better able to respectively serve the global enterprise customer’s requirements for service in Saudi Arabia as well as Saudi national customer's requirements for service in the rest of the world.
As AT&T continues to build and consolidate its position in the region, the company also announced that it will be moving to a new office in Dubai. The new office, in Dubai Internet City, will serve as the headquarters location for AT&T in the Middle East and Africa. AT&T first opened its regional headquarters in Dubai in 2006 to meet the needs of its customers in what is a high-growth market and the new, larger office, is further evidence of its continuing success and commitment to the market.

AT&T’s global network provides services for multinational companies through out the MEA region and offers its customer’s access to its advanced portfolio of Internet Protocol (IP) based managed communications services including hosting, security and worldwide connectivity.

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