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Empa exit for Yucedag

Savas Yucedag, VP at Empa, has exclusively confirmed to Channel Middle East that he plans to move on to a new employer after more than a decade with the regional distributor.

Savas Yucedag, vice president at Empa, has exclusively confirmed to Channel Middle East that he plans to move on to a new employer after more than a decade with the regional distribution house.

“After serving Empa for more than 11 years after starting as an intern in 1995 I have decided to end my career with the company,” declared Yucedag in an e-mail. “I will be informing people where I will be joining sometime next week.”

Yucedag’s decision to leave comes amid a number of changes at Empa as the company goes through an internal reorganisation process. As part of this process, Nafiset Mami has stepped up to the role of marketing manager with Imran Khan taking on the position of deputy marketing manager. Sameh Kayyali assumes the position of deputy sales manager for Empa’s retail-focused distribution activities.

Empa came in at number 12 on Channel Middle East’s 2006 Power List, which ranked the largest distributors by revenue operating out of the UAE, with claimed sales of US$107m for full year 2005 across the Middle East, North Africa and CIS.

Empa has developed rapidly in recent years, establishing points of presence in Dubai, Riyadh, Jeddah and Egypt; expanding its product portfolio beyond components into finished goods, and bagging distribution rights for Asus notebooks in Saudi Arabia and Philips display products in the region.

North Africa remains an area of strategic focus for Empa and the distributor hopes to extend its Intel distribution rights to cover Algeria and Tunisia as well. The organisation now boasts 70 people and also has strength in the CIS.

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