2013-12-04 12:03:44 - Will oversee channel development & marketing activities across GCC
Dubai, UAE – December 4 2013 - Fortinet® (NASDAQ: FTNT) - a leader in high-performance network security – today announced the appointment of Antoine Hakim as its new Channel Accounts Manager for the Middle East region. Based in Dubai, Antoine Hakim is responsible for driving channel development across GCC countries, Levant and Jordan. In his new role, he will drive also channel marketing activities in the region, reporting directly to Alain Penel, Regional Vice President for the Middle East region.
Hakim’s appointment supports Fortinet’s ambitious expansion plan for growing revenue and market share in the Middle East region by strengthening its channel network across all countries. This effort will be driven through the recruitment of Gold and Silver partners and the
increase of partner certifications and the number of Fortinet Resident Engineers to improve the customer service quality.
“I’m very excited about being now part of Fortinet, a leading security vendor in UAE and in the broader Middle East region and a solid company that has, since 2005, enjoyed an impressive growth. I’m excited to join a strong and ambitious team and my top priorities will be to define channel strategies to pursue our expansion, while strengthening our relationships with strategic partners.” said Antoine Hakim.
Before joining Fortinet as Channel Accounts Manager for the Middle East region, Antoine Hakim spent more than 10 years in the IT industry and acquired a strong experience in channel management and distribution, working in organizations like Mindware as Juniper Unit Manager, Citrix as sales manager and most recently, Secureway as Fortinet dedicated Channel Manager.
“Antoine has the experience, skills and leadership required to contribute to the growth of Fortinet in the Middle East region and I’m delighted to now have him part of the inside team. With his strong channel, management and market expertise, I’m confident that we are in good position to work closer with our distributors and resellers to expand across all segments and verticals and thus consolidate our market leadership in the Middle East,” said Alain Penel, regional vice president for the Middle East region at Fortinet.