Cisco appoints Hani Raad General Manager for ME’s west region

Cisco has announced the appointment of Hani Raad as General Manager for its West Region in the Middle East. Hani will be responsible for overseeing Cisco’s business operations and driving its growth plans across his markets. In this expanded role, he will leverage Cisco’s growing portfolio of solutions and work to strengthen collaboration with governments and Cisco’s partner network.   He will also focus on leading Cisco’s digital transformation initiatives in Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the Levant and Iraq, and will work closely with its partner ecosystem to support government and private sector customers on their digitization journeys, while helping them drive desired business outcomes.

Hani Raad, General Manager – West Region, Cisco Middle East

David Meads, Vice President – Middle East & Africa, Cisco said, “The appointment of Hani as General Manager for the West Region comes at a time when many governments across the region have drawn out national transformation programs in which maximizing their digital economic output is given high priority. Hani is an experienced executive who brings a great deal of energy and commitment to this role, and I am confident that his market knowledge and depth of expertise will support our efforts as Cisco continues to play a leading role in developing the region’s digital ecosystem.”

“I look forward to my new role and am excited about the tremendous opportunities that are present across the countries I oversee,” said Hani Raad, General Manager – West Region, Cisco Middle East. “As a company at the forefront of digital business transformation with the broadest technology solutions, Cisco is well positioned to help accelerate the digital transformation of our customers in a meaningful way. By leveraging our global experience and industry-leading innovations we are able to help the region’s organizations become future-ready as they transition towards the digital era.”


Countries in the West Region have already taken strides in driving economic growth by stimulating innovation and knowledge spill overs. Kuwait has been one of the top movers in WEF’s Networked Readiness Index, with substantial improvements in ICT usage and impact, largely driven by high business and individual adoption levels and aligned with its New Kuwait 2035 Vision’s plan for transforming itself into a digital society and economy. Meanwhile, Bahrain continues to lead the region in global rankings for e-government development (United Nations eGovernment Survey) and ICT use, and is in the world’s top 30 for networked readiness (World Economic Forum).