Ali Amer to lead Cisco's Global Ser­vice Provider busi­ness in MEA

Kuwait Times - - TECHNOLOGY -

Cisco an­nounced yes­ter­day that Ali Amer has been ap­pointed Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor for Global Ser­vice Provider Sales in the Mid­dle East and Africa at Cisco.

In his new role, Ali will be re­spon­si­ble for help­ing telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions ser­vice providers trans­form their net­works, busi­nesses and cus­tomers' ex­pe­ri­ences to cap­ture the op­por­tu­ni­ties cre­ated by the dig­i­tal era. In ad­di­tion to driv­ing the seg­ment's sales strat­egy and growth across the Mid­dle East and Africa, he will also fo­cus on stream­lin­ing busi­ness op­er­a­tions, in­clud­ing sales and chan­nel strat­egy, busi­ness de­vel­op­ment and cus­tomer sup­port.

Amer will re­port to Peter Karl­stromer, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent for Global Ser­vice Provider Sales, Cisco EMEAR. He will work closely with the re­gions' mo­bile oper­a­tors to de­velop their dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion roadmaps as they evolve their busi­ness and rev­enue mod­els to meet the grow­ing de­mand for data ser­vices and fi­nan­cial and com­mer­cial ser­vices.

"It gives me great plea­sure to an­nounce Ali as the new leader for our Ser­vice Provider busi­ness in the Mid­dle East and Africa," said Karl­stromer. "Ali is a highly re­garded leader known for his close work­ing re­la­tion­ships and deep un­der­stand­ing of the tele­coms in­dus­try land­scape. His ex­per­tise and abil­ity to build high per­for­mance teams will un­doubt­edly ac­cel­er­ate our mo­men­tum in de­liv­er­ing the dig­i­tal ecosys­tem and net­work in­fra­struc­ture that our cus­tomers need to cap­ture ris­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties."

Amer joined Cisco in 2013, most re­cently serv­ing as Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor for Cisco's Ser­vice Provider seg­ment in the Mid­dle East and Turkey. He brings to the role over 25 years of in­dus­try ex­pe­ri­ence and was pre­vi­ously the Se­nior Tele­com and IT Con­sul­tant in the same unit, ad­vis­ing multi­na­tion­als and start-ups on mar­ket en­trance and go-to-mar­ket strate­gies in the re­gion. Prior to Cisco, Amer spent fif­teen years at Mo­torola Net­works ris­ing to the po­si­tion of Vice Pres­i­dent and Gen­eral Man­ager for Europe, the Mid­dle East and Africa, where he ran an or­ga­ni­za­tion of 2,500 em­ploy­ees and busi­ness pro­fes­sion­als with an­nual rev­enues in ex­cess of $1 bil­lion.

"I am ex­cited to take on this ex­panded role within our Ser­vice Provider busi­ness as Cisco con­tin­ues to push the en­ve­lope with so­lu­tions, tech­nolo­gies and a vi­sion that drives ex­po­nen­tial value and suc­cess for our cus­tomers and part­ners," said Ali Amer, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Global Ser­vice Provider Sales, Cisco Mid­dle East and Africa. "With its sig­nif­i­cant growth po­ten­tial, a rapidly ex­pand­ing pop­u­la­tion, and in­creas­ing smart­phone pen­e­tra­tion, the telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions mar­ket in the Mid­dle East and Africa is at an im­por­tant junc­tion. Cisco's tech­nol­ogy ca­pa­bil­i­ties and strong part­ner­ships will play a piv­otal role in en­abling SPs to become truly in­tel­li­gent net­work oper­a­tors that are able un­lock op­por­tu­ni­ties, en­hance busi­ness agility, and drive ser­vice in­no­va­tion and cus­tomer­ex­pe­ri­ence en­hance­ment."

The next phase for the Mid­dle East and Africa telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions sec­tor will be de­fined by an ex­plo­sion in data de­mand. The an­nual Cisco Vis­ual Net­work­ing In­dex(tm) (VNI) fore­cast projects a 12fold in­crease in Mid­dle East and Africa mo­bile data traf­fic from 2016 to 2021, a com­pound an­nual growth rate of 65 per­cent. By 2021, the Mid­dle East and Africa will have 2.4 bil­lion net­worked de­vices (up from 1.7 bil­lion in 2016) and 1.4 net­worked de­vices per capita, while 75 per­cent of all net­worked de­vices will be mo­bile-con­nected in 2021. Across the Mid­dle East and Africa, strong growth in mo­bile users, smart­phones and In­ter­net of Things (IoT) con­nec­tions com­bine with net­work speed im­prove­ments and growth in mo­bile video con­sump­tion to sig­nif­i­cantly in­crease mo­bile data traf­fic over the next five years.

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