IT Managers of the Year

ACN reveals the ten most outstanding individuals in regional IT for 2010.

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IT Managers of the Year Zaki Sabbagh, Chief Information Officer, Zamil Industrial Investment Company
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By  ACN Staff Writer Published  January 10, 2010 Arabian Computer News Logo

Zaki Sabbagh

Position: Chief Information Officer

Company: Zamil Industrial Investment Company

Look up the term "dark horse" in the Oxford dictionary and you may well find a photograph of Zaki Sabbagh next to the definition. As CIO of one of Saudi Arabia's largest manufacturing companies, he's accomplished more in the past decade than many would attempted over their entire career - yet very few in the region are even aware of him. 

For example, while many are still dithering about how to correctly go about outsourcing IT operations, Sabbagh has had a fully functional offshore setup in India operating successfully since the beginning of last year. What's more, he has also brought advanced business intelligence to 11 business units, allowing better visibility and reporting capabilities for the firm's multitude of manufacturing operations all over the world.

On top of these projects, Sabbagh has also quietly been pushing the IT envelope, installing industrial automation (which he claims is among the first to go live successfully in the Middle East), while the firm already has three operational software-as-a-service environments. Not to mention the fact that Zamil Industrial has also managed to achieve the difficult ISO 20000 certification through his efforts.

So Zaki Sabbagh is possibly one of the busiest men that you've never heard of - and that's probably the way he likes it. But the spotlight has a way of finding a natural star, and with his lengthy list of accomplishments, Sabbagh has secured a deserved spot among our top IT managers of 2009.

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