eLinear names Nassar as Middle East boss

US-based systems integrator eLinear has announced that Ramzi Nassar, currently chief strategy officer at the company, has accepted the Board of Directors’ offer to become president of eLinear Solutions Middle East. eLinear set up operations in the Middle East in August 2005, forming a joint venture with an unnamed Dubai investment group to launch its operations.

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By  Stuart Wilson Published  January 10, 2006

US-based systems integrator eLinear has announced that Ramzi Nassar, currently chief strategy officer at the company, has accepted the Board of Directors’ offer to become president of eLinear Solutions Middle East. eLinear set up operations in the Middle East in August 2005, forming a joint venture with an unnamed Dubai investment group to launch its operations. Nassar will now relocate to eLinear’s Dubai office for one year to accelerate the company’s efforts in the region and replicate the quality of service provision that eLinear’s customers in the US already receive. Nassar will share the role of chief strategy office with Mike Hardy, eLinear’s recently appointed CFO. Michael Lewis, president and CEO at eLinear, stated: “We are doing all that we can to provide our shareholders with the most value; optimising every key resource will yield that value. Ramzi has been our leader on this initiative from the very beginning, and he has the right skill set to help eLinear accelerate our success in the Middle East region.” “Building our presence and servicing our swelling pipeline in the region is the most strategic initiative for the company in 2006. The Board and I felt it would be in the best interest of the company and its shareholders for Ramzi to undertake this effort first hand on the ground in Dubai,” he added. The company’s Middle East joint venture, which is based in Dubai, operates as eLinear Solutions Middle East and is majority owned by eLinear. The joint venture will focus on the delivery of eLinear’s suite of services in the UAE, Qatar, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Saudi Arabia and several other countries in the Middle East. Ramzi Nassar, chief strategy officer at eLinear, added: “Many of the economies in the Middle East are growing at extraordinary rates, and the opportunity to establish eLinear as a market leader early-on is too great to ignore. We anticipate that our growth overseas will outpace our growth in the United States.” eLinear bills itself as a communications, security and compliance company providing integrated technology solutions including information and physical security, IP telephony and network and storage solutions infrastructure. The company claims that its services allow companies to increase productivity or reduce costs through investment in technology. eLinear works with a wide range of major IT vendors including Computer Associates, Cisco, Citrix, Juniper, Sun, Microsoft, Symantec and Trend Micro.

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