Hanania to depart HP

HP Middle East has appointed regional controller Willi Rieder as acting managing director following news that present boss Joseph Hanania has resigned from his position at the company

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By  Administrator Published  February 1, 2007

HP Middle East has appointed regional controller Willi Rieder as acting managing director following news that present boss Joseph Hanania has resigned from his position at the company.

Rieder is tasked with keeping the hotseat warm until HP can find a permanent successor to Hanania. Meanwhile, John Hoonhout, HP Middle East services boss will perform the same function for the vendor's Technology Solutions Group division, which Hanania previously led.

In an internal statement seen by Channel Middle East, Jan Zadak, VP for HP ISE, revealed that Hanania will remain with the company until the end of June 2007 and support the transition to the acting managing director and TSG leads over the coming months.

"Joseph played a key role in extending HP's leadership position in the Middle East IT market," said Zadak. "He contributed personally to win the largest contracts with major Middle East customers as well as in developing a strong HP channel across the country."

Hunting for a new Middle East managing director is not something HP is accustomed to given Hanania's lengthy spell in charge. He has helped mould HP Middle East into a 670-strong operation since taking the helm back in 1997.

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