HPE names new MD to drive Saudi growth plan

Issa Naseer Al-Khamees
Updated 03 February 2019
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HPE names new MD to drive Saudi growth plan

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has announced the appointment of Issa Naseer Al-Khamees as managing director for HPE Saudi Arabia.

In his new position, Al-Khamees will spearhead HPE operations in the Kingdom, focusing toward developing and implementing HPE’s long-term strategy to grow business in Saudi Arabia and to adhere to regional and global corporate policies.

“I am very excited to lead HPE Saudi and look forward to leading the company through the next phase of its growth, as the Kingdom aims to become a global investment powerhouse,” said Al-Khamees.

He brings with him a wealth of experience from his diverse roles and positions, including the position of country sales director in HPE Saudi Arabia. He has 20 years’ experience in information technology, complex sales cycles, consulting-driven engagements and client account management.

Johannes Koch, vice president and managing director Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Central Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa, said: “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. 

“I am confident that Issa Al-Khamees will make this transition phase easier and smoother, as he has extensive experience with HPE and has distinguished leadership qualities and business insight.”


Bahri’s maritime solutions on show

Updated 20 February 2019
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Bahri’s maritime solutions on show

Saudi shipping company Bahri is demonstrating its commitment to advancing the growth of maritime industry and improving security in the logistics business at the International Defense Exhibition (IDEX) and Naval Defense and Maritime Security Exhibition (NAVDEX).

The events are being held under the patronage of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, president of the UAE and supreme commander of the UAE Armed Forces in Abu Dhabi from Feb.17-21.

Khaled bin Hussain Biyari, assistant minister of defense — executive affairs; General Awwad Eid Al-Balawi, director general of Saudi Arabian Border Guards; and other officials visited Bahri’s booth during the events.

As part of its participation, Bahri is showcasing its maritime capabilities and innovation-driven solutions at the largest defense expo in the Middle East. The company is also highlighting its unmanned surface vessels (USVs) at its booth. Powered by MAP Pro technology, which transforms any vessel into an autonomous one, Bahri’s USVs are capable of numerous applications, including gathering data, surveillance and reconnaissance. In addition, the vessels offer significant cost savings and reduce human workload in high-risk operations. 

Bringing together more than 1,310 specialized companies from 62 countries, both events offer a strategic business platform for exhibitors to present their latest naval, maritime and coastal security technology, equipment and crafts, and explore partnership opportunities with local and international companies. 

Abdullah Aldubaikhi, CEO of Bahri, said: “Events such as IDEX and NAVDEX provide a unique opportunity to gather new insights into new security technologies that can help companies thrive in a safe and secure trade. With Saudi Arabia being at the forefront of efforts aimed at maintaining stability and security in the region, maritime security is a key focus area for the Kingdom.” 

Aldubaikhi added: “Bahri’s presence at IDEX and NAVDEX 2019 is part of our strategy to further strengthen our offerings to enhance the Kingdom’s maritime capabilities and support its transformation as the world’s leading logistics hub. The exhibition also provides us with an excellent platform to connect with our customers and explore new partnership opportunities that will further drive our ambitious expansion plans.”

Bahri Logistics, one of the five business units within Bahri and one of the top 10 breakbulk carriers in the world, operates six new state-of-the-art multipurpose vessels that are capable of carrying different types of cargo, including project, ro-ro, breakbulk, equipment, and container cargo.