Intelligent Tech Channels Issue 63 - Page 57

Mike Weston moves from IBM to join Gulf Business Machines as Chief Executive Officer

Gulf Business Machines , announced appointment of Mike Weston as Chief Executive Officer , for the company ’ s regional operations based out of Dubai . Weston joins from IBM , where he was most recently the Chief Revenue Officer for IBM ’ s MEA operations .

Weston has over 30 years of experience , holding multi-leadership roles in technology companies across Europe Middle East and Asia Pacific . Most recently , he had relocated with IBM from Asia to the United Arab Emirates , with the goal of transforming and leading the Technology Group business to growth , whilst overseeing and supporting many other aspects of the business .
“ The board is delighted to announce Mike ’ s appointment as GBM ’ s CEO ,” said
Marwan Faraj Bin Hamoodah , GBM Chairman . “ His decades of experience working in leadership roles for global IT players such as Cisco and IBM , with a proven track record in transforming businesses make him perfectly suited to lead GBM at this pivotal time in our growth journey . We believe Mike , alongside the executive management team , will continue to build on GBM ’ s success over the past overseeing employee development and creating value for stakeholders . The Board looks forward to Mike ’ s contribution to GBM and its customers across the region .”
With more than 30 years of experience , 8 offices and over 1,500 employees across the region , Gulf Business Machines , is an end-to-end digital solutions provider ,
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offering a portfolio of digital infrastructure , digital business solutions , cloud , security , and services . Strategic partners in the Gulf include IBM as its sole distributor throughout GCC , excluding Saudi Arabia and selected IBM product and services , Cisco as a Gold and Master Partner , the highest level of certification at Cisco .
Kris Day moves from Dell EMC to join New Relic as Senior Vice President for APJ

New Relic , an observability platform for engineers , has announced the appointment of Kris Day as Senior Vice President for Asia Pacific and Japan , to drive expansion in the region and lead the business into its next stage of growth .

Day has over two decades of sales and leadership experience in the technology industry across Europe and the Asia Pacific region , covering hardware , software , cloud and transformation specialty sales and partner sales environments . Most recently , Day was Sales Vice President for Asia Pacific and Japan at Dell EMC , where he led multiple teams to navigate complex customer cloud and Digital Transformation journeys . He has also held senior roles at NetApp and Hewlett-Packard .
In his new role , Day will be responsible for leading New Relic ’ s high-performing sales teams to grow its footprint in the region , while delivering go-to-market strategies and enhancing the partner ecosystem .
Gartner ’ s Top Strategic Technology Trends for 2023 report has demonstrated just how important observability is to the industry , with Applied Observability cited as the second most important trend for 2023 . This has also marked a shift from a reactive to proactive observability practice so that companies are able to define future business decisions .
The region has continued to demonstrate strong growth for the company with the opening of two offices in India , Bengaluru and Hyderabad over the past year covering product development , customer support , sales , marketing , developer relations , and solutions consulting . The Singapore and Australia offices were also certified as a Great Place to Work .
“ I am thrilled to oversee the continued implementation of cohesive observability strategies for our customers and help to further enable our partners across the region ,” said Kris Day . •
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