Channel Middle East revealed the most powerful and influential distribution players in the Middle East and Africa ranked by sales revenue in its annual Distributor Power List survey. We reported that Osaka-based Sharp acquired Toshiba’s PC business, a move that marked the return of Sharp to a market it quit eight years ago. Accenture appointed a new managing director for Saudi Arabia, while Jeff Ogden was named the new general manager at email security vendor Mimecast for the Middle East operations. Mobile handset maker BlackBerry launched its KEY2 handset in the UAE, while Microsoft acquired Github. We also reported that D-Link had launched new SDN switches for partners in MEA. Seceon signed Sariya IT as its GCC distributor.