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Salim Ziade leaves HP Middle East

PPS Group general manager confirms HP exit but stays mum on next move

Ziade has left HP after serving at the company for over eight years.
Ziade has left HP after serving at the company for over eight years.

Salim Ziade, one of HP Middle East's most senior executives has left the company, Channel Middle East has learnt.

It's still unclear what new role the former Printing and Personal Systems (PPS) group general manager will take up.

Ziade confirmed in a telephone interview that he has left HP and will take a two months sabbatical before coming back into the business fold in October 2013. "I can confirm that I have left HP. I will remain in Dubai but right now am doing a bit of travelling before taking up my next assignment," he said.

Ziade has been with HP Middle East since 2005 when he joined the IT powerhouse as marketing manager. Ziade held several roles during his 8-year stint at HP and he recently assumed the PPS group general manager role, after HP's internal restructure that saw the Imaging and Printing Group (IPG) and Personal Systems Group (PSG) merge to form the PPS group.

Ziade's departure from HP is seen by many industry insiders as a set-back to its channel gains and major push in the SMB sector as the vendor continues to expand its regional footprint in the commercial space.

Having spent the last couple of years on cementing channel alliances when he headed the former PSG business, Ziade was instrumental in launching several channel initiatives and rebate schemes for channel partners across the Middle East region.