Intel changes regional leadership

Taha Khalifa takes on MENA GM role, Sam Al-Schamma becomes director of Software and Services META

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Intel changes regional leadership Taha Khalifa takes on the role of general manager for MENA region.
By  Mark Sutton Published  August 6, 2012

Intel has announced changes to its senior management in the region, with Taha Khalifa becoming regional general manager, and Sam Al-Schamma shifting into a new role to develop the software and services business in the region.

As regional GM for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, Khalifa will be responsible for managing six Intel offices spread across Morocco, Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, and for leading the company in the region.

Khalifa, who has been with Intel for 17 years, was previously regional director for the Reseller Channel Organization (RCO) in the MENA region, and Intel Egypt country manager before that.

"Providing technology access and ICT skills is a cornerstone to economic growth in today's competitive global marketplace. The MENA region is home to a young, vibrant and cosmopolitan population with high expectations of computing devices and constant connectivity, and we are committed to helping our nations equip their citizens with the right ICT skills in order to realize full potential in today's knowledge economy," commented Khalifa. "I'm excited about building on the success of the ICT industry and contributing to its growth in the region."

Sam Al-Schamma, who held the GM role for the past four years, will move to a newly created role as director of Software and Services for Intel in the Middle East, Turkey & Africa region (META). In the new role, Al-Schamma will be responsible for establishing and driving Intel's services and solutions offerings in the region, working with the software ecosystem to deliver solutions based on Intel technologies that support the local usage models and needs.

"Today we are expanding our capacities in the META region to help consumers and businesses experience the ‘compute continuum' and realize ever-improving power and performance of connected devices," commented Samir Al Schamma. "The explosion of computing has created endless opportunities for the development of interesting applications that deliver unique user experiences.  Opening software and services development units in the META region reflects our commitment to investing in the market's IT infrastructure and I look forward to closely working with local and regional partners to harness opportunities across the region."

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