Salman Faqeeh named MD of Cisco Saudi Arabia

Managing Director of Cisco Saudi Arabia
 Salman Faqeeh
Updated 20 October 2018

Salman Faqeeh named MD of Cisco Saudi Arabia

Cisco has announced the appointment of Salman Abdulghani Faqeeh as managing director for Cisco Saudi Arabia replacing Haytham Abdulrahman Al-Ohali, vice minister of communications and information technology.

In his new position, Faqeeh will be spearheading Cisco’s operations in Saudi Arabia, focusing toward the vision and strategy of digital transformation agenda in the Kingdom, and leading plans and programs across various sectors in line with Saudi Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Program. 

Faqeeh brings with him a wealth of experience from his diverse roles and positions. 

He has previously implemented a nationwide vision and strategy that provides value to Cisco customers and partners.

“Saudi Arabia’s commitment of making the most of modern technology to deliver positive economic and social results makes the Kingdom a thriving and promising market. We are undoubtedly witnessing a pivotal change in the Kingdom’s path to economic growth and development,” said David Meads, vice president, Middle East and Africa.

“I am confident that Salman Faqeeh makes this transition phase easier and smoother, as he has extensive experience with Cisco and has a distinguished leadership qualities and business insight.”

Faqeeh said: “I am really looking forward to serving to the best of my abilities as Cisco’s managing director and will dedicate my efforts toward leveraging our digital transformation capabilities to achieve a prosperous future for Saudi Arabia.” 

Top CEO Conference & Awards wraps up in Bahrain

Updated 17 April 2019

Top CEO Conference & Awards wraps up in Bahrain

The Top CEO Conference & Awards 2019, organized by TRENDS magazine — Mediaquest and international business school INSEAD, has concluded at the Al-Areen Palace and Spa in Bahrain. The event, held on Thursday, included seven key panel discussions under the theme “Growth in a Volatile Future” as well as the Top CEO Awards 2019 ceremony, which recognized the region’s most successful and trendsetting CEOs from more than 700 companies listed on GCC stock exchanges.

Top business leaders and more than 30 speakers from across the GCC shed light on the Middle East’s dynamic but volatile region and the burning issues facing the corporate world today. This year’s theme focused on a score of relevant issues, such as oil price fluctuations, tech disruptions, armed and political schisms that pose new risks, and opportunities. Speakers such as renowned economist Professor Nouriel Roubini provided growth solutions and road maps for businesses in the GCC region.

Alexandre Hawari, CEO of Mediaquest, said: “In its fifth edition, the Top CEO Conference & Awards fully encapsulated the theme of ‘Growth in a Volatile Future’ by acknowledging and exploring the growth transformation that the region is undergoing through digitalization and the fourth industrial revolution amid geopolitical tensions, looming trade wars and a rapidly evolving business environment. Building on the huge success of the previous years, the Top CEO Awards 2019 recognized CEOs and companies who have raised the bar by navigating challenges, implementing new strategies, and have demonstrated unquestionable growth, profitability and excellence in corporate governance.”

The conference kicked off with an opening keynote from Jassim Al-Seddiqi, CEO of the Abu Dhabi Financial Group and chairman of GFH Financial Group, who delved into the potential of transforming the region into a fintech hub and the importance of jumping on the digital bandwagon. 

The prime panel discussion on the “Future of Growth Amid Volatility” brought together five CEOs who explored methods to create future-proof strategies that can not only tackle challenges but also boost growth in a tough geopolitical and economic climate. 

Hisham Al-Rayes, CEO and board member of the GFH Financial Group, said: “Investing in the future in areas such as fintech, education and technology, the foundations for strong, enduring knowledge-based economies, is a priority for the group and the governments of the region in which we invest.”

“The Blockchain Opportunity” and “The Human Factor and Tech Innovation” panels brought together industry experts from Facebook, the Bahrain FinTech Bay and King Abdul Aziz University. 

“The Future of Women’s Business Leadership” panel discussed positive strides taken by GCC governments and businesses in leveling the playing field for women professionals.