Channel ME Awards 2011 presented in Dubai
Channel companies and executives honoured at fourth Channel Middle East Awards
Vendors, resellers and distributors last night celebrated the 2011 Channel Middle East Awards in Dubai.
Over 300 executives gathered for the awards, which recognized the companies and individuals that have done the most to build and improve the Middle East channel business.
Nineteen awards were presented, in four categories, to honour the channel partners and vendors of the region. The awards were presented at a gala dinner, held at the Zabeel Saray Hotel on Dubai's Palm.
Highlights of the award included Raj Shankar, CEO of Redington Gulf, recognized as Channel Executive of the Year, while HP's Amin Mortazavi was awarded for Outstanding Contribution to the Middle East Channel.
In the reader voted categories, selected via online voting by the readers of Channel Middle East and Channel Arabic, and itp.net, Computerlinks Distribution won the award for Best Growth Initiative by a Distributor for its Channel Partner Profiling and Gap Analysis program, while Cisco took Best Vendor Partner Programme for the for the ‘Led by You, Supported by Us: Partner Sales Force Program'.
Ali Nemati, channel sales manager of HP, the platinum sponsor of the event, presented a keynote address.
The winners of the 2011 awards
Components Vendor of the Year - Western Digital
Networking Vendor of the Year - Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise
Peripherals Vendor of the Year - Promate Technologies
Printing & Consumables Vendor of the Year - Xerox Corporation
Software Vendor of the Year - Kaspersky Lab
Systems & Hardware Vendor of the Year - EMC
IT Distributor of the Year - Aptec Holdings
Value Added Distributor of the Year - WestconME Group
Retail Distributor of the Year - Axiom Telecom
Enterprise Reseller of the Year - Emitac Enterprise Solutions
SMB & Commercial Reseller of the Year - Accent Office Supplies
Retail Company of the Year - Sharaf DG
Best Vendor Channel Programme of the Year - Cisco
Best Growth Initiative by a Distributor - Computerlinks Distribution
Best Channel Growth - Avnet Technology Solutions
Best Channel Sales Person of the Year - Kamran Khayal, Trigon Distribution
Best Company Contribution to Market Awareness & Education - HP
Channel Executive of the Year - Raj Shankar, Redington Gulf
Outstanding Contribution to the Middle East Channel - Amin Mortazavi, HP