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Cisco gets new general manager for Oman

Ali Al Lawati will focus on driving Cisco’s strategic initiatives in the Sultanate

Cisco says Al Lawati's appointment reflects its commitment to developing local talent regionally.
Cisco says Al Lawati's appointment reflects its commitment to developing local talent regionally.

Networking giant Cisco has appointed Ali Al Lawati as general manager for Oman.

In the new role, Al Lawati will work closely with public and private sector organisations to help enable their digital transformation journeys. In addition, Al Lawati will drive Cisco's support of the Digital Oman Strategy, which aims to advance the development of the ICT industry.

Oman's government departments and businesses are on a drive to evolve the way they serve citizens and customers.

According to the vendor, the country-specific role amplifies Cisco's commitment to supporting the development of the Sultanate's digital ecosystem and technology infrastructure to meet the demands of the digital era.

"Ali's appointment reflects our commitment to developing local talent regionally, particularly in leadership roles where qualified professionals are able to bring to bear their experience and acute understanding of market dynamics," said Shukri Eid, managing director, East Region, Cisco Middle East. "The high calibre of Omani human capital available is a testament to the Sultanate's ability to link the educational system to the growing requirements of a modern labour force."

Shukri added that: "Oman is currently undergoing a significant transition, with technology playing an increasingly important role as an enabler to the Sultanate's economic diversification. As a technology leader with a longstanding presence in Oman, Cisco will continue to contribute its digital transformation expertise to support the country's journey to transform into a sustainable knowledge-based economy and digital society."

Fady Younes, deputy managing director and operations director, East Region, Cisco Middle East, said: "Combined with its strategic location on regional and international communication grids and easy access to emerging markets, the Sultanate's dynamic business community and progressive, business-oriented government make it an ideal market to reap the benefits of digitisation," said. Younes said Al Lawati's appointment comes at an exciting time as the Omani government prioritises technology as a key contributor to the Sultanate's long-term prosperity and a main driver of growth across key sectors.

"I am excited to join the Cisco team. As a global technology company, Cisco has well-tested practices in enabling digital transformation," said Al Lawati. "As organisations in Oman seek to optimise costs and drive efficiencies, there is immense potential for growth in area such as mobility, security, cloud, big data, and analytics. With our expansive portfolio of smart solutions and outcome-based approach, Cisco is better-placed to support businesses in implementing their digital roadmaps."

Al Lawati pointed out that Oman is considered a regional leader in the development of e-government and e-services, with a comprehensive programme that aims to simplify government processes, enhance service delivery and accessibility, and bring services closer to citizens. "We are committed to supporting Oman's digitisation agenda in line with the government's vision of enhancing government services and public sector efficiency toward a smart future," he added.