SAP appoints new UAE managing director

Qais Gharaibeh will drive SAP’s growth strategy in the Emirates

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SAP appoints new UAE managing director Gharaibeh will lead SAP's growth strategy and field operations in the UAE.
By  Manda Banda Published  October 18, 2011

SAP has appointed Qais Gharaibeh to the role of managing director for the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

In this role, Gharaibeh will lead SAP's growth strategy and field operations in the country and will report into Sam Alkharrat, managing director, SAP Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

Gharaibeh is an IT veteran with more than 15 years of experience in the Middle East technologysector.

In the past 10 years, he has served in key management roles with major players such as EMC and HP, demonstrating a strong track record and exceeding targets in both business growth and market share gain.

Last year, Gharaibeh founded and led Encloud, an IT managed service provider firm focused on providing cloud computing subscription-based services in the Middle East.

Remarking on Ghairabeh's appointment, Alkharrat, SAP MENA MD, said: "The UAE represents a strategic priority for SAP, with businesses across the country seeking to deploy advanced software solutions including analytics and mobility. Drawing on his impressive track-record, Qais will be integral to steering and building on our current success in the region and achieving success with our customers and channel partners."

Kevin Scott, who was previously the country manager for SAP MENA growth markets and interim UAE country manager, has taken on the role of vice president for SAP's High Performance Analytics Appliance (HANA) software business across Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

In November last year, SAP MENA announced it would double its resources within the next two years, with the majority of headcount focused on solution delivery. Today, the region hosts more than 2100 qualified consultants and 75 channel partners.

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