Milestone Systems, the global provider of open platform IP video management software (VMS), is optimising Middle East and African organisations in order to handle the rapid growth and great potential across the whole region. Community Manager appointmentOne in important change is the appointment of a Community Manager for the Middle East and Africa regions. Effective November 1st, Haider Mohammad took on the role as the company’s first Community Manager. Christian Ringler, Director Middle East, Africa and DACH, says: “The Middle East is one of the largest and most important markets for Milestone Systems. Milestone have been present in the market for more than 10 years and have offices in Dubai, Beirut and Jeddah. To continue our growth and community strategy, we are investing in and adjusting the organisation for the future.” He continues: “One of our main strategic focuses is to build up the partner community to help the marketplace realise the full potential of the open platform. In order to support this strategy, we are announcing a new role for the Middle East, a Community Manager." The Community Manager will be the interface between the community partners and Milestone customers, with the objective of helping customers create solutions that fits their applications. Haider Mohammad has a background from Milestone Pre Sales, and will as Community Manager be responsible for the Milestone Solution Partner and community approach. Middle East and Africa growthMilestone Systems are also making adjustments to its the Middle East and Africa organisation, in order to further enrich the community strategy and gear up for future growth. “We are seeing a strong growth potential in the UAE, with Dubai and Abu Dhabi as key drivers" “We are seeing a strong growth potential in the UAE, with Dubai and Abu Dhabi as key drivers. In order to meet market demands and strengthen our end-user support, we are now dedicating two Channel Business Managers to the UAE market.” Christian Ringler explains.Louise Bou-Rached is moving to the UAE as Channel Business Manager from a similar role in Africa. Mohammed Riyaz will collaborate closely with Louise in the UAE, with a focus on supporting the end-users. At the same time, he is responsible for building up the business in Oman and Iran.Deepak Sivadasan joined the Milestone Team as Channel Business Manager on November 5th and brings more than 5 years’ experience from the video safety market. He will handle the markets in Qatar, Bahrain, and Kuwait, and will also focus on the needs of the end-users, A&E, and main partners.Saif Faleh Al-Shahrani will continue as Channel Business Manager for Saudi Arabia and Rasha Kherbek as Distribution Channel Manager in the Middle East. Further appointmentsThe Africa team will also be strengthened, with two more appointments coming up. These are expected to be announced later this month, in order to meet the sharply rising demand for high-quality safety video solutions in the region.You can meet the new Milestone ME team at three upcoming Intro Days in Abu Dhabi Nov. 22nd, Riyadh Nov. 27th and Bahrain December 6th.
Milestone Systems, the provider of open platform networked video management software (VMS), announces the appointment of Mohammed Riyaz as Country Manager for the Middle East region and Armand Steffens as Country Manager for the African continent (except Northwest Africa). This marks another step up in Milestones dedication to these fast-moving regions with an ever-growing demand for true open platform technology. “We are gearing up the organisation to further support our strong growth in the Middle East and Africa,” says Christian Ringler, Director Milestone Middle East, Africa and DACH. “By introducing a dedicated Country Manager for Africa and one for the Middle East, we will ensure a greater local presence in each region. Both candidates are dedicated to supporting our local partner communities, with the focus of creating optimal solutions for customers in their areas.” Mohammed Riyaz – Middle East Mohammed Riyaz will head up the Middle East team, which includes offices in Jeddah and Dubai. Riyaz brings to Milestone a strong background in business strategy development and leadership of regional sales teams in the technical industry. With 11 years’ experience from the Gulf markets, his peers see him as someone who is highly competent and easy to collaborate with. Dedicated to developing strong projects and new markets, Riyaz is looking forward to meet the Milestone Community at the upcoming Milestone Community Days EMEA (MIPS). “Collaborating effectively with partners to find the best solutions for our customers, is at the cornerstone of my work. I look forward to meeting up and to work with you all,” Riyaz states. Armand Steffens – African Continent Armand Steffens already has a proven track record with Milestone, as Channel manager in South Africa the last one and a half years. As Country Manager, he is taking on more responsibility and is covering the offices in Johannesburg and Beirut as well. It is his goal to ensure even greater focus is placed on the African markets and further development of the local Milestone community. Steffens will be building on his more than 15-years of experience in the industry to realise Milestones expansion strategy for the African continent. “Milestone is such a phenomenal company. I immediately became passionate about it. The culture, the people, organisation, and the products are all targeted to deliver on our mission and vision. Together with my team in Africa, I would like to echo the Milestone values and further embed Africa into the Milestone Community.”