Cisco Appoints New Public Sector Regional Lead for Saudi Arabia

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Company Accelerates Focus on Hiring and Developing Saudi Talent

Riyadh, SAUDI ARABIA November 30th 2014: As part of its continued strategy to invest in and develop local talent, Cisco has appointed Mr. Haytham Alohali as the new Public Sector Regional Manager for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Alohali started his journey with Cisco in 2006 as an Account Manager demonstrating exceptional talent and leadership with the handling of large accounts including King Saud University, King Faisal University, Dammam Universityand Ministry of Interior. Over the years, he has also  has been recognized both internally within Cisco and externally for winning several industry awards as well as leading his teams in some substantial new business wins for Cisco in the Kingdom.

In his new role Alohali will oversee and drive Cisco’s focus within the Public Sector, which has been Cisco KSA’s cornerstone for business success over the past few years, representing a considerable portion of the company’s revenue in the region. He will also be responsible for growing and maintaining the already established key strategic partnerships with key government entities such as The Ministry of Justice, The Saudi National Guard, The Ministry of Higher Education, Royal Saudi Airforc and many more.

General Manager of Cisco KSA, Mohammed Al Abbadi commented: “We are delighted to have Haytham take on this role especially at such a time when we are witnessing considerable growth and investment in ICT within the Kingdom. At Cisco it is vital that we nurture talent from our local pool to help us identify and grow opportunities for Cisco within the local marketplace.  Haytham Alohali has the proven leadership as well as technical skills to support Cisco’s next phase of growth and development in Saudi Arabia.  I am looking forward to working with him as a key contributor to the Cisco Saudi Leadership team.”

Haytham Alohali also commented, “I feel honored to have been chosen to lead Cisco’s Public Sector business in Saudi given that it plays such an important and integral role in Cisco’s strategy for growth in the Kingdom.  The technology market is currently growing at an exponential rate in the Kingdom and the Public Sector is playing an important role to helping to develop the opportunities that are being created. Cisco aims to partner with Public Sector organizations in the Kingdom to help drive this growth and build on these opportunities.”

Prior to Cisco, Alohali held positions of Deputy General Manager for the ECDL Foundation in Saudi (2003-2006) where he helped setup the IT literacy program in Saudi achieving certificate accreditation by major regulating bodies in the Kingdom. He has also held the position of Systems Engineer at Motorola (2000-2003) supporting its regional offices and their Service provider customers.

Haytham holds an Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Seattle in the US and currently lives in Riyadh with his wife and daughter.

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