Khalil lands post at Toshiba distribution partner

Former Toshiba Middle East and Africa boss Ahmed Khalil is making his much-anticipated return to the regional IT market by joining giant pan-Gulf group Al-Futtaim — the notebook vendor’s exclusive distribution partner in the UAE. A spokesperson for the group confirmed Khalil will become general manager of Al-Futtaim Technologies’ international operation.

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By  Andrew Seymour Published  February 21, 2007

Former Toshiba Middle East and Africa boss Ahmed Khalil is making his much-anticipated return to the regional technology market by joining giant pan-Gulf group Al- Futtaim — the notebook vendor’s exclusive distribution partner in the UAE. A spokesperson for the company confirmed Khalil is set to be unveiled as the general manager of Al-Futtaim Technologies’ international operation. Al-Futtaim Technologies is part of the group’s Electronics and Engineering Business Division, and classifies itself as a solution provider primarily focused on the SMB sector. In addition to notebooks, projectors and office products from Toshiba, Al-Futtaim Technologies — better known in the market as Aftech — delivers Alcatel-branded communications solutions and is a certified Microsoft Dynamics partner. Aftech also provides extensive infrastructure services to other companies within the Al-Futtaim Group. The scope of Khalil’s new role has not yet been disclosed, although it is understood to include a responsibility for developing the company’s business in Africa. Speaking to Channel Middle East at the start of the year, Khalil expressed his desire to remain close to markets where there is a strong potential for growth. “I intend to stay in the Middle East as emerging markets present a huge growth opportunity and a positive challenge,” he explained at the time. “In Europe it is a different type of challenge — how to sustain what you have done. But in high-growth markets the challenge is how to grow faster than the market.” Khalil left Toshiba towards the end of 2006 following a seven-year stretch at the vendor, broken only by a short spell at Fujitsu Siemens. He is thought to have presided over a number of offers from IT vendors eager to utilise his knowledge of the regional market before committing to Al-Futtaim.

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