SAP appoints new MD for Saudi Arabia

Company in the middle of a 4-year SAR 285 million investment plan with cloud data centre already in place

SAP public cloud data centre can enable organisations to scale up their digital transformation, said Al Khotani.
SAP public cloud data centre can enable organisations to scale up their digital transformation, said Al Khotani.

SAP has appointed a new managing director for its Saudi operations.

Mohammed Al Khotani’s appointment follows a six-year stint at SAP Middle East and North Africa (MENA), where he most recently was Head of SAP Business Networks. At SAP MENA, Al Khotani also led the industry verticals of Energy and Natural Resources, Travel and Transportation, and Retail and Services.

“Mohammed Al Khotani is a proven leader and agent of change for the Kingdom’s digital transformation industry, with the skills and expertise to drive the market forward,” said Ahmed Al-Faifi, senior vice president and managing director, SAP Middle East North. “Saudi Arabia is a key market for SAP, with immense potential as we continue to execute our investment plan and transform organisations and daily lives.”

In the Kingdom, SAP is seeing strong interest for its SAP S/4HANA and C/4HANA real-time business and customer suites, and the SAP Leonardo digital innovation system. SAP is also the first multi-national business applications company to have a Saudi public cloud data centre, part of its 4-year SAR 285 million investment.

“Having a digital core is vital for Saudi Vision 2030’s digital transformation, facilitating real-time Smart Cities, and meeting economic diversification targets across industry verticals,” said Al Khotani. “Our public cloud data centre can enable organisations to scale up their digital transformation and integrate Big Data with AI, machine learning, IoT, and blockchain.”

Al Khotani holds a Bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, and a Master’s degree in Business Management from Middlesex University in the United Kingdom.

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