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Hanania to end tenure as head of HP Middle East

Managing director Joseph Hanania prepares to leave technology powerhouse following a decade at the helm

HP Middle East has revealed the timeline for the departure of regional managing director Joseph Hanania and outlined details of the succession strategy that has been put in place.

An internal HP statement outlining Hanania's decision to leave, reveals that Willi Rieder will take on the role of acting managing director for HP Middle East while John Hoonhout will become acting TSG lead. Jan Zadak, VP for HP ISE, sent out the statement, which has been seen by ACN.

The statement read: "This is to announce that Joseph Hanania, managing director and TSG lead, HP Middle East, has decided to leave the company. Joseph joined Compaq in 1994 and was leading HP Middle East since 1997. Joseph played a key role in extending HP's leadership position in the Middle East IT market. He contributed personally to win the largest contracts with major Middle East customers as well as in developing a strong HP channel across the country."

"On behalf of HP I would like to thank Joseph for his strong contribution to the company throughout the many years of his country leadership and wish him well in his future endeavours. Joseph will stay with the company until June 30, 2007 and will be supporting the transition to the acting MD and TSG leads in the next months," the statement continued.

"Effective January 29, 2007 the following managers are acting until a permanent successor to Joseph has been selected: Willi Rieder, HP Middle East controller, as acting managing director for HP Middle East; John Hoonhout, HP Middle East HPS Manager, as acting TSG lead for HP Middle East," said the statement.

Hanania looks set to remain involved in the Middle East ICT sector once he has left HP, but he is not expected to join any of HP's rivals.

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