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HP ME names Salim Ziade’s successor

Mathew Thomas is the new GM for Printing and Personal Systems Group

Thomas takes over from Ziade who left in August, 2013, after an eight-year stint with HP Middle East.
Thomas takes over from Ziade who left in August, 2013, after an eight-year stint with HP Middle East.

Just over a month after Salim Ziade quit HP as the Printing and Personal Systems (PPS) general manager, the IT vendor has named Mathew Thomas as his successor.

In his new role, Thomas is in charge of HP PPS in the Middle East and will lead the group's business growth strategy, people development and partner enhancement initiatives.

HP said Thomas' appointment is a clear demonstration of the importance HP is placing in the PPS segment. The company said with exciting new HP products coming to the consumer and commercial marketplace, combined with his experience and expertise, Thomas is well placed to build on recent the company's success and continue to take HP from strength to strength in this key sector.

Thomas joined HP in 2010 as channel director for the MEMA region. He has over 20 years experience in sales and marketing, primarily in the IT industry. Prior to joining HP, Thomas held various senior leadership roles in the IT industry in the Middle East and Africa region.

In August, Ziade left HP's PPS Group in what many industry insiders said was a set-back to the vendor's channel gains in the consumer, SMB and commercial segments of the market in the Middle East.