Sun MENA overhauls HR

Sun Microsystems Middle East & North Africa has restructured its senior management layer with increased focus on key vertical sectors including banking, telecoms and government.

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By  Maddy Reddy Published  October 25, 2004

Sun Microsystems Middle East & North Africa (MENA) has restructured its senior management layer with increased focus on key vertical sectors including banking, telecoms, and government. Sun also announced its plans to significantly enhance the service aspect of its business. The server vendor, which employs over 120 people in the region believes the restructuring couldn’t have come at a better time. “We’ve introduced managers with new skill sets, regional experience, and the necessary attitude to meet customer needs. Our management is now aligned to better serve customers in key regional industries,” says Mehmet Iyimen, managing director, MENA, Sun Microsystems. Sun has promoted Shane Carlson and Tom Powell to new roles that will focus specifically on the overall running of Sun’s service arm. Powell, who was previously technology practice manager (EMEA), will now be regional manager-client services (MENA). In his new position as regional manager- manageability services (MENA), Shane will be responsible for driving the sales team to promote the support aspect of Sun’s business. Carlson, who has worked in the region for 15 years and has been with Sun for six years, comes from a sales and marketing background. Additionally, Samir Mirdad has been promoted to regional business development manager-public sector (MENA), having been in charge of only the Gulf region previously. Also promoted to this position is Sina Kutluay, who has worked at Sun since 1999 in Ankara, Turkey. “We see tremendous opportunities in the public sector market, where governments are increasingly deploying Sun software and Linux server grids. This is why we felt the need to employ two highly qualified business development managers to provide an enhanced service to these specific public sector customers,” adds Iyimen. Stefan Niemiec is the new business development manager - Telco Sector and will be responsible for providing all products and solutions to the telecom customers. He was previously the data management sales manager for SEE at Sun. After having struck new deals in Jordan and Egypt, Sun has now created a new geographic market segment for Levant, Egypt and North Africa (LENA), which will be headed by Bulent Hicsonmez as its sales manager. Focusing on top accounts for Sun across six GCC countries will be Marc Heger who has been promoted to Gulf regional manager. Marc has been with Sun since 2000. Heading Saudi Arabia as the general manager is Ahmed Farrag. With his 20 years of experience in the IT industry, nine of which have been at Sun Microsystems, Ahmed will now be responsible for handling all of Sun’s major customers in the Kingdom including Saudi Aramco and STC. Sun Microsystems established its MENA regional headquarters in Dubai, United Arab Emirates in 1992. Since then Sun has opened two offices in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (Riyadh and Al-Khobar) and one office in Cairo, Egypt and three in Africa.

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