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Kadir reveals next step after AMD exit

Former MEA AMD general manager plans to develop IT consultancy business

AMD's former MEA general manager Gaith Kadir is set to turn his hand to consultancy after bringing down the curtain on his four-year tenure with the microprocessor vendor last week.

Kadir, who transitioned to a projects and strategic account role 12 months ago following the arrival of Gautam Srivastava as AMD's regional managing director, has already drawn up a business and financial plan for his own consultancy start-up, which he plans to launch once the company has been registered.

He intends to use his knowledge of the Middle East channel to provide consultancy services to IT companies that need help with meeting their growth objectives or require sales and marketing expertise to handle specific projects. Kadir also expects to work closely with vendors that want assistance with entering the Middle East market and developing a local partner strategy.

"I have been thinking about what is really lacking and it is the know-how," he explained. "Companies want to [enter the market] but they don't know where to start and I think I can really help them with that. I am aiming to get things started over the next six to eight weeks, and I hope that in the next few months I will officially have some staff and be in a position to announce three or four customers."

Kadir, who worked for IBM and BMC Software prior to joining AMD, hasn't decided on a name for the company yet, and also says that he will resist the temptation of seeking outside capital until he has got the business off the ground.

"I have been speaking with some venture capitalists and many people are interested, but I really want to see what my scope is before I commit myself to what I'm going to do," said Kadir. "I can really do it alone for the first six months of the year and focus on a market segment I want to. Then I can raise money more easily and with a lot more intelligence than just saying I want $2 million because I want to do A, B or C."

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