US networking specialist Ciena Corporation has appointed Saad Khan as its new regional managing director in the Middle East. Khan is responsible for overall management and growth of Ciena in the region.
Ciena has deployed networks for several telcos in the region and has also launched the first 100G network for Mobily in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The networking firm is looking to leverage its team of sales, services and technical support specialists for increased growth in the region.
Khan has spent more than 15years in the telecoms industry, with his most recent role as vice president, services group, MEA for Alcatel-Lucent. Prior to this role, Khan has worked for numerous years in Ericsson’s managed services and hosting practice based in the MENA region.
“With our presence in the Middle East now firmly established, Saad adds excellent operational management experience to enable Ciena to continue expanding our regional footprint and building even stronger relationships with local customers,” said Eric Sele, vice president, divisional sales Ciena, for South and Central Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Khan said: “With the deep relationships Ciena has with carriers in the Gulf since our entry into the region, I look forward to contributing to continued growth and building on the company’s success since entering this market just two years ago.”