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Wael Fakharany leaves 3Com to become Emitac CEO

3Com’s Middle East operation has been hit by a spate of staff resignations. Former regional boss Wael Fakharany has left the networking vendor and has taken on a new role as CEO of regional IT distribution and services giant Emitac.

3Com’s Middle East operation has been hit by a spate of staff resignations. Former regional boss Wael Fakharany has left the networking vendor and has taken on a new role as CEO of regional IT distribution and services giant Emitac. Former Emitac CEO Suhail Issa resigned last week according to a company spokesperson.

Just five days into his new role at Emitac, Fakharany explained the reasons behind his move: “This was a very exciting opportunity for me. I had spent 18 years sitting on the vendor side in the region. Now I have the opportunity to deliver real value to Emitac shareholders as part of an organisation that has many staff, operates in many locations and has strong relationships with major vendors.”

“This move wasn’t about timing — it was about an opportunity that I could not refuse. I’m now learning about Emitac’s business and will focus on delivering profitable and sustainable growth,” Fakharany added.

Fakharany is just one of a number of 3Com Middle East employees that have left the company recently. In recent weeks, Mohamed Tantawi, regional channel manager at 3Com Middle East, has also departed as has the vendor’s regional sales and operations manager.

Khalid Khan, marketing manager at 3Com Middle East and North Africa, has also resigned and plans to leave at the end of March.

“There has been a great deal of restructuring recently at 3Com and this has had an impact on the role of the local staff,” explained Khan. “3Com still has a strong SMB offering in the region and has made excellent progress with TippingPoint in the region. Security and the SMB space are real areas of focus at the moment.”

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