HP names new Middle East boss

HP has finally ended its seven-month search for a successor to Joseph Hanania by appointing John Hoonhout as its new managing director for the Middle East.

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By  Andrew Seymour Published  August 14, 2007

HP has finally ended its seven-month search for a successor to Joseph Hanania by appointing John Hoonhout as its new managing director for the Middle East. Hoonhout is well versed in HP's regional activities having acted as the boss of its Middle East Technology Solutions Group (TSG) since February and formerly managed its services business.

Hoonhout moved to the Middle East two years ago after carrying out various HP Services business management roles - in areas such as managed services and professional services - in the South Pacific region.

According to HP, Hoonhout will retain his TSG responsibilities and begin his new post with immediate effect, reporting directly to Ken Willett, VP and managing director of HP Middle East, Mediterranean and Africa.

"John has demonstrated his ability to successfully drive the technology solutions business and showed strong leadership, sound execution and excellent knowledge of the Middle East ICT market combined with exceptional passion for customers and their success," said Willett.

Hoonhout's promotion to the most senior position in the PC vendor's 670-strong Middle East operation brings an end to the temporary management set-up HP has had in place since news of Hanania's decision to quit emerged earlier this year. HP's Middle East controller, Willie Rieder, has been acting managing director since the end of January.

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