Lenovo rocked by Khalil departure
Ahmed Khalil quits channel role at Lenovo for personal reasons
Former Toshiba Middle East boss Ahmed Khalil's association with Lenovo has lasted barely two months after the PC vendor confirmed he has quit the company for "personal reasons".
Khalil was unveiled as head of Lenovo's transactional business back in May, taking up a senior position in a management team led by Khaled Kamel. He was expected to focus on growing the breadth of Lenovo's channel across the region and fine-tuning its business model in the SMB sector.
A statement issued to Channel Middle verified his departure: "Ahmed Khalil has chosen to resign from his position at Lenovo for personal reasons in agreement with management. With Khaled Kamel at the helm, it's business as usual during what really is a very exciting time for Lenovo in the Middle East region, with continued growth showcased by both our financial and volume results."
Khalil's exit comes as a major blow to Lenovo given its intention to reinforce its presence in key markets such as Saudi Arabia and develop a channel business in the consumer segment - a task that was being handled by Khalil.
The bulk of Khalil's former duties now look set to fall upon Djillali Lahiani, who recently joined the company from HP. He has been named regional channel manager and will manage partner development and sales, including the execution of the vendor's Partner Network programme.