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HP boss to quit

Joseph Hanania is leaving his current position as managing director of HP Middle East's 700-strong operation, the firm confirmed this week.

HP Middle East said that Hanania is leaving "to pursue other business opportunities", with a senior executive claiming that it was an amicable separation for both parties. Hanania, one of the best known figures in the region's ICT industry, is understood to be taking up a position with another organisation in the sector, however he is not expected to be joining a rival company to HP.

Wilhelm Rieder, HP Middle East controller, has become acting managing director and John Hoonhout, HP Middle East HPS manager, is acting as Technology Solutions Group lead for HP Middle East until a permanent successor to Hanania can be found, the company said.

Hanania, who is leaving after a record year of performance for HP Middle East, said he believed that "the time is right for me to take on a new personal challenge".

"Joseph Hanania has been instrumental in developing the company's business in the Middle East region and has played a pivotal role in expanding our client base and enhancing our market share," said Jan Zadak, HP vice president and managing director for Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa, in a statement.