Marriott International appoints two new executive team members for the EMEA region

AFRICA – American multinational company Marriott International, has appointed Sandeep Walia as Chief Operating Officer, Middle East and Jerome Briet as Chief Development Officer for Europe, Middle East & Africa. Walia will assume office on July 1, 2021, following the retirement of current COO, Guido De Wilde in March 2021while Briet will take on the role from Carlton Ervin, who was recently appointed as Marriott’s Global Development Officer, International. Walia will be responsible for Marriott International’s 146 operating hotels across the Middle East, as well as Egypt and Turkey, representing 21…

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Uber, Mastercard boost payment digitalization and financial inclusion across MEA

MEA – Mastercard, an American multinational financial services corporation and Uber, a technology company have partnered to implement a new strategic initiative that will focus on digital payments and advancing financial inclusion in the Middle East and Africa (MEA), reaffirming their long-term partnership. By partnering, Uber will be able to drive digitisation across its business operations by leveraging Mastercard’s single infrastructure to meet all types of payment needs across Uber Rides, Uber Eats, Uber Pass, and Uber for Business. Amnah Ajmal, Executive Vice President Market Development, Mastercard, MEA explains that…

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John Deere expands its construction brand in Sub-Saharan Africa

AFRICA – Machinery manufacturer John Deere is expanding its construction line-up to eighteen countries across Southern and Eastern Africa, where Deere-branded construction products were previously unavailable. This expansion, which will include the availability of backhoe loaders, excavators, wheel loaders, motor graders, and crawler dozers, will be sold and supported by independent, newly appointed John Deere dealers to be announced. The countries impacted include South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Namibia, Zambia, Kenya, Uganda, Mozambique, Angola, Malawi, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Egypt, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan, and Sudan. “This expansion provides an opportunity for us to increase our global footprint in the…

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Investment firm Gulf Capital exits its investment in oil & gas company ECDC

MEA – Gulf Capital, a leading growth markets alternative investment firm, has announced the successful and full exit of its investment in ECDC, a leading oil & gas drilling and production services provider in the Middle East and Africa. The company is part of ADES Investments Holding Ltd which is the major shareholder in ADES International, a publicly listed company on the London Stock Exchange (LSE). “We are proud to have supported the exceptional management team at the Group since 2014, which was instrumental to the success of the group…

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Ericsson appoints Sena Erten as VP and Head of People for MEA

AFRICA – Swedish multinational networking and telecommunications company Ericsson, has announced the appointment of Sena Erten as Vice-President and Head of People at Ericsson Middle East and Africa and a member of the market area leadership team.   In her new role, Sena will work to realize the company’s people vision in the market area, inspire, and guide the business towards a world-class employee experience that is people centred, adopting the latest digital technologies, and leading the way in driving its company culture. In a fast-transforming industry, Sena will drive Ericsson’s…

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Smart TV manufacture Maser expands portfolio, launches new product range

AFRICA – Dubai based smart TV manufacture, Maser, has entered the air conditioning and machine-washing market in its latest efforts to expand its business operations across the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region. Speaking during the unveiling of the new electronics, the company’s chief executive officer Prateek Suri underscored the need to manufacture higher quality products as he seeks to get a slice of a market dominated by Samsung, LG, Von Hotpoint and Ramtons. “Even as we think of the cost of producing high quality electronic products, we must be…

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Liquid Telecom buys Microsoft Dynamics specialist Quattro Business Solutions MEA operations

MEA – Pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom Group, has acquired the Middle East & Africa operations of Quattro Business Solutions (QBS), a company that specialises in Microsoft Dynamics enterprise software which it says will allow the company to innovate and enhance its digital services offerings. “The strategic acquisition of this international partner allows Liquid Telecom to increase the breadth of digital service offerings to local partners,” the company said in a statement on. QBS is an official indirect cloud solution provider for Microsoft Dynamics and supports about 800 partners in 25 countries. “This purchase…

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IT provider Ingram Micro selects Red Hat’s CCSP to expand into MEA region

MEA – Ingram Micro, a distributor of information technology products, has announced the signing of a distribution agreement with Red Hat, the world’s leading provider of open-source solutions as part of the Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Provider (CCSP) program to expand its geographical scope. As part of this collaboration, Ingram Micro will work with Red Hat to qualify, recruit and onboard partners as Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Providers. Channel partners in the region can benefit from the capabilities to build smarter with Red Hat solutions that…

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Global Ventures secures investment from Capria Ventures for technology companies

MEA – Capria Ventures, a Seattle-based global investment fund-of-funds, has invested in Global Ventures, a UAE-based venture capital firm that provides capital and value creation for start-ups in the Middle East and Africa (MEA). Capria has approved its investment in Global Ventures’ second fund. It represents the first investment Capria has made in the MEA region. The second fund is focussed on technology companies addressing critical needs and demands in recently accelerated industries. “Capria has always backed fund managers across the globe with aligned interests and incentives. Our collaboration is…

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Ericsson signs key deals in Sub-Saharan Africa,sees strong demand

AFRICA – Encouraged by a series of signed contracts, Swedish multinational networking and telecommunications company Ericsson, says it has seen strong demand for its services in Sub-Saharan Africa, signalling rapid growth of mobile connectivity across the region as consumer demand for enhanced mobile services increases. The company says a series of recent wins for Ericsson highlight the company’s growing footprint in the region as service providers strengthen their networks to meet growing demand from consumers and enterprises. Ericsson says it has signed a series of contracts in Kenya, South Africa,…

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