Samir Noman
Microsoft Arabia

Founded in 1975 in the United States, Microsoft quickly became established as the world leader in software services and solutions. Well over 90 percent of the world’s computers run on Microsoft software. As an industry leader Microsoft is totally committed to helping companies and people realize their full potential – from the largest enterprise, through mid-sized companies and small start-ups, to individual home users.

In 1998 Microsoft opened its first Saudi Arabia office in Riyadh, which was quickly followed by branch offices in Jeddah and Al Khobar thus establishing a presence in the Kingdom’s main business centers and confirming its long term commitment to Saudi Arabia and its people. Throughout this period Microsoft has invested heavily in the Kingdom and has played a major role in the development of the country’s IT infrastructure - supporting governmental bodies, companies, educational institutions, NGOs, and home users. It is deeply involved in the Saudi e-government project and is focused on helping foster a healthy and growing partner ecosystem.

As an organization that is so integrated within the social and commercial environment, Microsoft strongly believes in corporate social responsibility and demonstrates it through citizenship programs for young Saudis, women and people with special needs.

Turnover/Employees US$100+ million / 125

October 2009–Current - Microsoft Arabia

  • Utilizing extensive and in-depth experience gained throughout more than 20 years of top management engagements with leading IT companies
  • Working closely with various Government and Commercial organizations in the Middle East and Africa region to enhance their business performance and value they provide to their citizens and clients
  • Acting as a catalyst and an enabler for knowledge sharing and technology transfer through Cloud computing and other innovative technology in order to increase the accessibility and enhance the utilization of technology within Saudi Arabia, allowing our customers to keep down capital costs, adapt quickly to a changing environment and therefore keeping them competitive
  • Major focus on the education sector and enabling young Saudis to have better job opportunities through increased Information Technology qualification
  • Introduced dedicated IPR function within Microsoft to ensure piracy issues are addressed by the government, businesses and consumers, and to ensure all relevant parties are educated about the risks of piracy and its negative impact on society

Education: BSc, Computer Science and Engineering - King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran Married with 5 children
Date of Birth: March 9, 1964
Nationality: Saudi Arabian

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