Faramawy takes VP role at Microsoft International

Software goliath Microsoft has named Ali Faramawy as vice-president for its International division. Faramawy will have executive responsibilities across business strategy development and business operations for the Middle East and Africa region.

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By  Dawinderpal Sahota Published  June 25, 2007

Software goliath Microsoft has named Ali Faramawy as vice-president for its International division. Faramawy will have executive responsibilities across business strategy development and business operations for the Middle East and Africa region.

Microsoft International handles sales, marketing and services for all regions outside North America. In his new role, Faramawy will report to Jean-Philippe Courtois, president Microsoft International, senior vice-president Microsoft Corporation.

"Middle East and Africa represents one of Microsoft's fastest growing, most dynamic and diverse markets," said Courtois. "We have eight Microsoft subsidiaries and 30 offices in the region, which encompasses more than 70 countries across three continents. Ali has been instrumental in the growth and success of our business here," he said.

Courtois claims Faramawy's appointment reflects the growth and opportunity the vendor sees in the region, and will help ensure that the region is represented in its management structure.

"MEA is a diverse and expanding region encompassing both developed and emerging economies," commented Faramawy. "Microsoft recognises this diversity and wants to empower its subsidiary and sales office teams to even better connect and support customers and partners to ensure they realise even greater value from Microsoft's products and services. My role will be to ensure that this is managed in a cohesive way, and to represent the region at the highest level," he added.

Faramawy joined Microsoft in 1997 as general manager of Microsoft Egypt - a role he held until 2001, when he assumed additional responsibility for Microsoft's East Mediterranean business group, which included Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Cyprus and Malta. In 2002, he was named regional director for MEA, and in 2004, he attained the position of regional director Microsoft MEA and vice-president Europe, Middle East and Africa.

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