PC vendors crown channel high-fliers

HP and Toshiba both hold awards ceremonies to recognise partner achievements

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PC vendors crown channel high-fliers Toshiba executives, including regional chief Santosh Varghese (second left), present Al-Futtaim with a channel award.
By  Andrew Seymour Published  October 26, 2009

Awards season is well and truly underway in the Middle East channel, with both HP and Toshiba holding functions to honour the performances of their regional allies just recently.

HP entertained a crowd made up of more than 400 executives from its regional partners, dishing out prizes to all tiers of the channel for various accomplishments during the past year.

The PC vendor - which was joined by EMEA executives Susanne Heis, Eric Cador and Jos Brenkel for the event - presented awards in a number of categories, with each category containing a winner from Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Levant, and the rest of the Gulf.

PC Time, Quality for Commercial Agencies and Al Suwaidi Computers picked up accolades relating to the sale of the vendor's printing equipment, while Al Hasoub, Global Brands, Alpha Data, Emirates Technology Company, ACT and Jeraisy took home other reseller-based awards.

ASACO, Summit and MDS Abu Dhabi all received commendations from HP, while Jeraisy, Raya Integration and National Projects & Technology collected silverware for ‘best attach rate'. In the retail sector, CompuMe UAE, Jarir and Carrefour UAE and Egypt came up trumps.

The always much-anticipated distribution awards went to Redington Saudi Arabia, Metra in Egypt and Emitac Distribution.

"We take these annual Channel Awards as an opportunity to express our appreciation towards our partners for their unflinching support, dedication and loyalty," stated Amin Mortazavi, general manager of HP's IPG division in the Middle East. "Despite the financial downturn, we have fared quite well with our partners' collaboration."

Meanwhile, Toshiba gathered its channel partners together to recognise retailers and dealers that have played a vital role in driving sales of its notebooks throughout the past year.

Carrefour UAE was acknowledged for recording the highest sales of consumer notebooks, while Dubai Duty Free, Jacky's, Jumbo, Lulu, Plug-ins and Sharaf DG picked up retail trophies.  

In the reseller space, Computer Care, Computronic Trading and Superspeed Computers all scored victories to reinforce their place in the vendor's channel ecosystem.

Individual accolades were also given to Al Futtaim Electronics' Ranjith Shetty and Akshay Mathur for their "exemplary" performances.

"I am pleased to congratulate the outstanding channel partners who have shared with us the passion to grow the notebook market share of Toshiba," said Santosh Varghese, regional general manager at Toshiba Gulf. "The Channel Awards is one way of empowering the channel and recognising their commitment towards Toshiba."

3182 days ago

another UAE CENTRIC event...what do vendors mean by Middle East or GCC, there is only UAE, only Dubai on their map?!..when are they going to open-up their minds and really start assessing around GCC and the Middle East?

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