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Boss of HP's Middle East PC division resigns

Anil Kumar steps down as general manager of PSG – Salim Ziade named as replacement

Boss of HP's Middle East PC division resigns
Anil Kumar has left HP after nine years, the last 14 months of which were spent running the vendor’s PSG business unit in the Middle East.

Anil Kumar, the head of Hewlett Packard's PC division in the Middle East, has resigned from his position and left the company.

HP has moved quickly to fill the void, appointing Salim Ziade - the former manager of its now-defunct Solutions Partner Organisation (SPO) - as Kumar's replacement.

A spokesperson for HP Middle East confirmed that Ziade had been appointed as general manager of the Personal Systems Group (PSG) with immediate effect.

Ziade mostly recently served as the SPO boss for the MEMA region (Middle East, Mediterranean and Africa), operating out of Dubai.

His new role is likely to still contain a strong element of partner-facing responsibility as HP's PC unit hosts the PSG Channel Sales Organisation, which sprung up in place of SPO towards the end of last year.

Meanwhile, Kumar, who had been with HP for nine years, said he plans to stay in the regional market when contacted by Channel Middle East.

He did not give the reasons surrounding his departure, but said: "My resignation was accepted as of yesterday. I am moving on to do something else. I will be in the market and I have a few options, but I am just taking a breather for a bit."

Kumar had headed HP's PSG business since October 2008. Prior to that he was the category manager for consumer and commercial products.

HP is expected to formally announce Ziade's appointment in the coming days.

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