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IT training giant picks Cisco chief as MD

Mazen Jabri to begin new assignment with Global Knowledge after bringing an end to 10-year career at Cisco

Mazen Jabri will oversee Global Knowledge’s Middle East and Africa business from the beginning of next month.
Mazen Jabri will oversee Global Knowledge’s Middle East and Africa business from the beginning of next month.

IT training specialist Global Knowledge has turned to Cisco Gulf executive Mazen Jabri to run its operations in the region following the departure of its previous managing director.

Jabri, who has worked in a series of senior positions at Cisco during the past decade, will take over the running of Global Knowledge’s Middle East and Africa operations from former boss Melad Ghabrial, who is relocating to the US.

Global Knowledge is one of the largest providers of Cisco training courses in the region. It also specialises in educating customers on technologies from vendors such as Oracle, Microsoft and Symantec, offering more than 700 courses in total.

Jabri initially started as an account manager with Cisco, before becoming UAE country manager and eventually gaining promotion to the UAE general manager and operations director’s post. Two years ago he was voted Cisco’s ‘general manager of the year’.

“We have enjoyed tremendous success within the MEA region and I believe that Mazen’s experience and relationships will help us achieve the aggressive goals that we have set for our MEA business,” stated Richard Pryor-Jones, EMEA president at Global Knowledge.

“As a member of the EMEA management team, Mazen will also have the opportunity to leverage his contacts across a wider geography and add significant value to the company,” continued Pryor-Jones. 

Jabri will begin his tenure at the company’s Dubai-based branch from the start of October. He will report to Pryor-Jones.

Global Knowledge enhanced its regional presence two years ago by acquiring Dubai-based Synergy Professional Services. It offers a range of consulting, training and technical services to both the channel and end-users.