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Socket assembles team

Middle East and Africa VP one of three new faces hired by Socket as EMEA management team is strengthened

Mobile productivity devices vendor Socket Communications has appointed a regional manager to look after its business in the Middle East and Africa as part of an overall push to strengthen its senior EMEA team.

Gennaro Giachetta, who formerly served as EMEA regional VP at US Robotics, will take control of the company’s strategy throughout the Arab Nations, Lebanon and Africa.

His remit also includes Italy, Eastern Europe, Greece and Turkey.

As well as spending time at US Robotics, Giachetta, who will be based in Milan, has worked for 3Com, Servgate, Fiberlink, Fujitsu Telecommunications and Stratus.

Giachetta's appointment is one of three senior EMEA roles that the company has filled during the past month.

It also named former Every Com marketing chief Phillippe Vazquez as its boss for Belgium and Southern Europe, and hired Holger Sponholz from Targus to run the Nordic and DACH regions of Europe.

The trio sits alongside existing UK boss Anna Meens to round out the EMEA team.

“Our commitment to EMEA and our confidence in the market opportunities that are present is underscored by these appointments,” commented Martin Croome, VP business development, at US-based Socket.

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