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Tributes paid to Quentin Cornelius

Colleagues lead tributes to CA Middle East executive

Quentin Cornelius, who recently passed away, aged 36.
Quentin Cornelius, who recently passed away, aged 36.

Employees from CA have paid a glowing tribute to their former colleague Quentin Cornelius, who recently passed away, aged 36.

Cornelius was a well-known and respected member of the Middle East channel community with senior management experience gained from working at a number of international vendors and distributors.

Based at CA's Dubai office, he served as director for EMEA East channel sales, leading the software company's indirect sales activities, including all one and two-tier business partner and consumer-focused programmes throughout the region.

A statement provided on behalf of his friends and colleagues at CA said: "We are lucky to have worked with Quentin and to have also been able to count him as a friend. He was a great IT professional with a very broad experience resulting in a very international touch in his way of conducting business. Quentin had a zest for life and touched everyone who knew him with his smile, his positive attitude and his friendly personality."

The statement also said he was a much-loved individual who lived life to the fullest and had a passion for gliders, deep-sea fishing, travelling and being surrounded by positive people.

Prior to joining CA in 2006, Cornelius spent two years as sales director at Tech Data Middle East. He also worked for enterprise distributor Tech Access for five years, serving as the company's CFO and later as its COO.

His IT career started 15 years ago at IBM South Africa, where he was responsible for the company's pricing and special bids in South Africa. He held a Bachelor of Commerce in accounting from Rand Afrikaans University in Johannesburg.