Cisco appoints new country transformation project manager

Updated 29 December 2015

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.”


Production of Aston Martin DB5 resumes after 55 years

Updated 31 May 2020

Production of Aston Martin DB5 resumes after 55 years

Dubbed “the most famous car in the world” and renowned as being among the most sought-after classic Aston Martin models, the DB5 has become a byword for timeless style and sports car desirability. Fewer than 900 saloon examples were built by the brand between 1963 and 1965, with by far the most famous of the original owners being the world’s best-known secret agent — James Bond — who first drove the car that is today inextricably linked with him in the 1964 film, Goldfinger.

Now, 55 years after the last new DB5 rolled off the production line at Aston Martin’s then-global manufacturing base in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, work is once again underway there on a strictly limited number of new DB5 models. Created in association with the producers of the James Bond films, EON Productions, and featuring a broad suite of working gadgets first seen on screen in the 1964 film, the Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation cars are history in the making.

Each DB5 Goldfinger continuation car is priced at 2.75 million euros ($3.05 million), plus taxes.

The DB5 Goldfinger Continuation construction process — which takes around 4,500 hours per car — is being undertaken at Aston Martin’s Heritage Division headquarters in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire.

Each of the 25 new cars is being built using a blend of Sir David Brown-era old world craftsmanship, with the application of modern engineering advancements and performance enhancements, alongside the integration of cutting-edge gadgets developed in association with Chris Corbould OBE, the special effects supervisor who has worked on more than a dozen Bond films.

Clive Wilson, Heritage program manager, said: “Seeing the first customer car move painstakingly through the intricate production process we have created really is quite a thrill.

“Obviously we have not, as a business, made a new DB5 for more than 50 years, so to be involved in the building of these cars, which will go on to form part of Aston Martin’s history, is something I’m sure all of us will be telling our grandkids about!”

Paul Spires, president of Aston Martin Works where the original DB5 was built and the new cars are also being created, said: “We are making, perhaps, some of the most desirable ‘toys’ ever built for 25 very lucky buyers worldwide.

“Creating the DB5 Goldfinger Continuation cars and working with EON Productions and special effects supervisor, Chris Corbould, is something truly unique and a real career highlight for everyone involved here at Aston Martin Works.”

First deliveries of the DB5 Goldfinger Continuation to customers will commence in the second half of 2020.