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AMD parts company with regional general manager

Gaith Kadir no longer with CPU vendor after internal changes

AMD parts company with regional general manager
Gaith Kadir has left AMD Middle East in a move that has surprised local channel partners.

AMD has laid off its general manager for the Middle East and Africa, Gaith Kadir, just a year after hiring him to run its regional operations for a second time.

His surprise exit, which happened last week, is understood to be a one-off and not part of wider regional lay-offs at the number two chip vendor.

Partners of the company said they were aware of Kadir's departure, but had not yet received any correspondence from AMD about the management structure going forward. 

However, it is expected that AMD's European director Andrew Buxton will assume responsibility for the MEA operations for the time being. Buxton was in Dubai last week and is expected to return to the region later this month.

Kadir rejoined AMD in January 2009 and made driving channel growth and forging stronger ties with the public sector his immediate priorities. "The number one focus is really showing commitment to governments throughout the Middle East and Africa, and educating buyers to help open tenders to fair competition," he said at the time.

AMD had not got back to us at the time of publication so the future of the general manager's post in the region currently remains unclear.

One Middle East partner said the news was likely to be unpopular with the channel, particularly as AMD has now had three different regional managers in the past two years, with Gautam Srivastava and Abdallah Saqqa both overseeing the business prior to Kadir.

"Anything that potentially has an impact on the stability of a vendor is bad news for us, but work will go on until we find out what is happening next," said the partner.

Kadir confirmed to Channel Middle East that he had left AMD, but said he was currently unable to talk about the reasons for his departure.

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