Microsoft Gulf shakes up management

Charbel Fakhoury is now vice president, Samer Ramez Abu-Ltaif is regional general manager

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Microsoft Gulf shakes up management Charbel Fakhoury, regional general manager for Microsoft Gulf, will move to a new role within Microsoft as vice president - Sales and Marketing Group for Microsoft across Middle East and Africa.
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By  Georgina Enzer Published  October 31, 2010

Microsoft Gulf has announced that Charbel Fakhoury, regional general manager for Microsoft Gulf, will move to a new role within Microsoft as vice president - Sales and Marketing Group for Microsoft across Middle East and Africa. Samer Ramez Abu-Ltaif will take over as the new regional general manager for Microsoft Gulf. Both changes are effective immediately.

"I would like to congratulate Charbel and Samer on their new roles. This smooth transition reflects Microsoft's commitment to this region which has continued to show strong growth," said Ali Faramawy, vice president, Microsoft International & President, Microsoft Middle East & Africa.

"Charbel has a long history in Microsoft, and has played a pivotal role in strengthening Microsoft's role in these markets and in the Gulf. Samer is an extremely talented professional with years of expertise in the technology industry and the region.  We are confident that under his leadership, Microsoft will continue to play an integral role in helping the Gulf region embrace the latest technology advancements and make a positive impact in terms of their growth,"   Faramawy added.

Fakhoury is to move to his new position based in Istanbul after a five year term in the Gulf region. During his term he tripled the Microsoft's business in the Gulf. His new position sees him responsible for setting the portfolio of Middle East and Africa.

 Abu Ltaif, as regional general manager for Microsoft Gulf, will lead the overall strategy, business operations and outreach for the company in the Gulf. He previously worked as the regional director for Enterprise and Partner Group at Microsoft Middle East and Africa. His responsibilities included building and driving Microsoft strategy in eight subsidiary areas covering 79 countries.

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