Veeam appoints Graham Porter as head of channels for Middle East
Graham Porter will be primarily focus on Saudi and UAE
Veeam Software has announced the appointment of Graham Porter as Middle East channel manager.
Porter will be responsible for the company's regional channel sales team across Dubai, Riyadh and Qatar. He will manage relationships with distributors, including Aptec, Redington and Logicom and also build opportunities with ecosystem alliance partners, such as HPE, Cisco, NetApp, Microsoft and SAP.
Gregg Petersen, regional director, Middle East, Africa and SAARC at Veeam Software, said: "The opportunity facing Veeam's channel is immense, as businesses in the region look to embrace Availability solutions that ensure that the enterprise is ‘Always-On' 24.7.365.
"Porter with his wealth of experience in running channel businesses for several tech giants in the region will be instrumental in developing our channel strategy and driving our business expansion."
Porter added: "I am delighted to join Veeam, a company which I have been working indirectly with for the last three years while I was at NetApp with many joint distributors and partners. I look forward to helping Veeam and its partners grow the business, make money and have some fun.
"Data centre consolation and virtualisation are big trends here in the Middle East and will have a big impact on the regional ICT industry over the next few years. Veeam is uniquely positioned to help customers transition to these technologies. My focus is on partner enablement so that they can act as consultants and expertly advise enterprises about implementing ‘Availability' solutions as part of their digital transformation efforts."
Porter began his career with IBM in the UK in 1984 in a technical support role and had various sales and channel roles in the UK and across EMEA. In 1994 he relocated to Saudi Arabia where he worked with IBM/SBM to set up the company's channel network.
Since then he has held various channel leadership roles at companies such as HP, Sun Microsystems, Cisco and lastly at NetApp, where he spent three years rebuilding its distribution and channel business and getting the company into the security business.