Microsoft restructures its local operation

The software vendor’s five regional subsidiaries will now report directly into Middle East & Africa headquarters. As a result of the changes, Mohammed Kateeb, Microsoft’s Middle East regional director, has left his position.

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By  Greg Wilson Published  October 6, 2003

Microsoft has restructured its regional operation. The software vendor’s five regional subsidiaries — North Gulf, South Gulf, Arabia, Eastern Mediterranean and Egypt — will now report directly into Middle East & Africa headquarters, in Turkey.

As a result of the changes, Mohammed Kateeb, Microsoft’s Middle East regional director, has left his position.

“The five subsidiaries in the Middle East have grown to be mature and self sufficient. This translates into a greater commitment from Microsoft to the individual Middle East subsidiaries with more resources and more investment now going directly to the countries that they cover,” comments Emre Berkin, vice president, Microsoft Europe, Middle East & Africa. (EMEA)

According to Microsoft, the restructuring will provide all business subsidiaries with greater autonomy.

Last year, Microsoft announced a gradual regional structural change that was aimed at creating a lean organisational structure with few management layers and a quicker decision making process. Yesterday’s changes are seen as the next step in this strategy.

“Our previous structure helped us through the years to build five strong subsidiaries in the region. These subsidiaries and their management teams are now ready to play their expected roles in further growing the business, supporting their partners and serving their communities,” explains Berkin.

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