09 January 2017
| Jason Mcgee-Abe
The board of directors of Gulf Bridge International (GBI) have named Amr Eid as its chief executive officer (CEO).
Eid has over 23 years’ experience in the technology and telecommunications industries having worked at leadership positions for numerous global multinational companies. Since his appointment as an acting CEO of GBI in March 2016, Eid has successfully spearheaded the company’s transformation into a global shared and managed services provider. From April 2013 to March, he had been the company’s chief commercial officer (CCO).
“I want to thank GBI’s board of directors of chairman, executive vice chairman and shareholders for their confidence and trust vested in me during the company’s transition,” said Eid. “I am delighted to continue working with my dedicated and talented team and to further guide GBI on its journey towards sustainable growth and success.”
In May, GBI entered into a strategic partnership with Airtel Business to increase the telco’s direct reach into the Middle East.
In September at Capacity Eurasia, Eid told Capacity that in an increasingly connected and smarter world and with new broadband markets being rolled out, cloud services should be backed more, "particularly for defence and health applications”. However, he added that there is a warning tag in that regulators need to be careful not to over-regulate and hamper the growth of cloud services and the support and applications they will bring.
Abdulla Al Rwaili, executive vice chairman and managing director of GBI, added: “Amr’s vision, innovative industry outlook and proven track record of successes have positioned him as a strong leader for GBI. We are confident that he has the wealth of experience, commitment, and the drive to deliver value to shareholders, partners, customers, and to the whole ecosystem. I look forward to supporting Amr in further developing and implementing GBI’s roadmap for future growth.”
GBI has also recruited a BICS executive as VP of operations, two VPs of sale and appointed Roland Sfeir as its chief financial officer.
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