Microsoft announces senior appointments for Gulf and MEA

Mr. Samer Ramez Abu-Ltaif

Microsoft Gulf announced two changes in its leadership team for the Middle East and Africa region. Mr. Charbel Fakhoury, Regional General Manager for Microsoft Gulf, will move to a new role within Microsoft as Vice President – Sales and Marketing Group for Microsoft across Middle East and Africa. Mr. Samer Ramez Abu-Ltaif will take over as the new Regional General Manager for Microsoft Gulf effective immediately.


Mr. Fakhoury will transition to his new position based in Istanbul after a successful five year term in the region, tripling the Business of Microsoft in the Gulf. In his new role, he will be responsible for setting direction around the portfolio of Middle East and Africa Area and alignment with global strategy across all customer segments including commercial and government sectors.

As Regional General Manager for Microsoft Gulf, Mr. Abu Ltaif will lead the overall strategy, business operations and outreach for the company in the Gulf. Samer was earlier Regional Director for Enterprise and Partner Group at Microsoft Middle East and Africa where his responsibilities included building and driving Microsoft strategy in eight subsidiaries covering 79 countries.

On this occasion, Mr. Ali Faramawy, Vice President, Microsoft International & President, Microsoft Middle East & Africa, said, “I would like to congratulate Charbel and Samer on their new roles. This smooth transition reflects Microsoft’s commitment to this region which has continued to show strong growth.”

He added, “Charbel has a long history in Microsoft, and has played a pivotal role in strengthening Microsoft’s role in these markets and in the Gulf. Samer is an extremely talented professional with years of expertise in the technology industry and the region. We are confident that under his leadership, Microsoft will continue to play an integral role in helping the Gulf region embrace the latest technology advancements and make a positive impact in terms of their growth.”

A well known and highly respected member of the regional ICT industry, Mr. Abu Ltaif has over 20 years of experience in managing sales, marketing and professional services functions for multi-national IT corporations with primary focus on general management and business development of technologies encompassing software, industry solutions, and IT services.