Cisco appoints new country transformation project manager

Updated 29 December 2015
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Cisco appoints new country transformation project manager

Cisco has appointed Reema Al-Harbi as country transformation project and program manager in Saudi Arabia. Al-Harbi assumes this position with the focused aim of helping to transform the Kingdom into a fully digital city.
This position is a major milestone in Al-Harbi’s career. Her many accolades include being the first Saudi female to earn the Sales Champion Award at Cisco as a virtual partner account manager, she was also presented with the Spirit of Emerging award. Furthermore, she initiated the process in the Saudi office that has resulted in Cisco being voted as one of the best places to work in Saudi Arabia for two years in a row now. Prior to Cisco, Al-Harbi worked as a marketing specialist with General Electric.
Mohammed Alabbadi, GM, Cisco Saudi Arabia, commented: "One of our principal goals here at Cisco in Saudi Arabia is to provide support and encouragement to enable female Saudi employees to become leaders in the field of IT and the appointment of Reema Al-Harbi is proof of this."
Cisco is continuously seeking to invest in Saudi talent and to provide the best possible career growth and development opportunities. Cisco already has a number of dedicated programs in Saudi Arabia that aim to increase the number of Saudi employees, the number of fellowships offered, training courses, and certificates awarded to the female employees in order to enable them to assume positions of leadership in the future.
Al-Harbi commented: "It brings me great pleasure to have been chosen to take on such an essential position within Cisco Saudi Arabia, and despite the challenges associated with the role, it is a great opportunity to be able to highlight the potential and the capabilities of the Saudi women in ICT. I invite them to become active part of the ICT development across the Kingdom.”


New Hyundai Sonata a sportier mid-size sedan

Updated 24 June 2019
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New Hyundai Sonata a sportier mid-size sedan

Hyundai’s new Sonata is ready for showrooms, giving the eighth-generation of the mid-size sedan a sleek four-door-coupe look that highlights the brand’s latest “sensuous sportiness” design language.

Created at Hyundai’s California Design Studio, the redesigned Sonata offers a freshly styled cascading grille framed by distinctive lighting architecture, and an entirely new rear. Chrome accents surround the daylight opening (DLO) and fresh wheel designs complete the look. New bodywork is built on Hyundai’s latest third-generation platform for a re-engineered driving experience.

“For more than three decades, each new generation of Sonata has raised the bar for quality and value among mid-size sedans, and this latest evolution also sets the standard for style, innovation and technology,” said Mike Song, Hyundai’s head of operations for the Middle East and Africa. “In a market increasingly divided into niche segments, the all-new Sonata reconsiders customer expectation in the sedan class and offers something sportier and more exciting than what has gone before.”

A hallmark of the new Sonata’s exterior is its Hyundai-first LED daytime running lights — embedded in a chrome strip. The lighting strip appears as chrome when the engine is turned off, but lights up when the driver starts the car. When night falls, available LED headlamps with dynamic bending light illuminate the path ahead.

Inside, the renewed center stack and instrument panel echo the exterior’s new looks. The trend carries down to the instrument design and a strong three-spoke steering wheel. Piano key buttons for audio and HVAC controls give a premium look and touch. The instrument panel follows a winged shape inspired by stealth aircraft. Visual elements combine to create a levitating effect, while designers have worked to maximize the sense of interior space. One clever application of new technology is a shift-by-wire (SBW) gear selector, which is sleek and technologically advanced, and takes up significantly less space than a traditional gear selector.

Interior fittings include a standard seven-inch color display audio touchscreen with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, and a Qi wireless charging pad is available to keep smartphones topped up. Sonata now adds a second-row USB charge port. At the heart of the AVN system is a Bose premium sound system equipped with 12 speakers.

“The all-new Hyundai Sonata delivers a premium experience for driver and passengers,” added Song. “We apply a range of new technologies intuitively, with an emphasis on functional convenience, adding features that we know our customers will use and value.”

The new Sonata features six standard airbags and a range of safety systems, including advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) as part of Hyundai’s SmartSense technologies.