Five minutes with Jean-Pierre Labry

Jean-Pierre Labry, Executive Vice-President, R&M Middle East, Turkey and Africa.

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Five minutes with Jean-Pierre Labry
By Staff Writer Published  March 25, 2014

What is your current role in the ICT industry in the Middle East and what are your responsibilities?

Since February 2009, I have been working as executive vice president for the Middle East, Turkey and Africa region at Reichle & De Massari (R&M), which is one of the top three players in the Middle East for passive IT infrastructure solutions.

As the executive vice president for the region, I am the full leading responsibility of our local offices located in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Turkey, Jordan, Egypt and recently Morocco.

What is the best thing about your job?

The region is extremely dynamic and is important for our group. Many investments have been driven in recent years and 2013 has been the best ever year for R&M Middle East, Turkey & Africa. There are always new opportunities and challenges, and I am continuously evaluating new markets and exploring how we can cater to their needs.

How innovative do you think the network industry in the Middle East is and how can it improve?

The region is massively investing in ICT infrastructures, with a vision of installing the best technology available now so that it can benefit in the coming years and decades.

What are the upcoming trends or products in your sector?

We have established ourselves as a leading provider of both copper and fibre-optic solutions. This has enabled us to deliver end-to-end solutions across all market verticals.

But what we have seen in the region has been a definite trend towards fibre. The UAE was the first country in the region to promote E-Life, with Etisalat rolling out through the country, and this was a great adventure for R&M.

Are you a BYOD user and what devices do you use?

I am an Apple Man. My whole family is also Apple-oriented. In the past I used BlackBerry, but since I changed to the iPhone, I cannot imagine going back to BlackBerry.

What are some of your hobbies?

I am very family-oriented and I enjoy spending as much time as possible with my wife and my three wonderful daughters.

I also have a deep passion for almost anything with an engine, but most of all motorbikes.

In 2004, I rode from Paris to Dubai — 10,000 kilometres over 25 days — on a motorbike for Médecins Sans Frontières.

Favourite film?
Star Wars, The Matrix and Avatar.

Which mobile OS?

Favourite gadget?
My noise reduction head set

Favourite musician?
I love to listen to ‘80s music.

Favourite book?
I am currently reading the book Flashes of Thought.

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