Microsoft Devices has announced the appointment of Jon French as the Vice President for the Middle East region. French, who brings to the role more than 17 years of experience, will be responsible for the overall strategic development of its business operations in the region.
Arto Nummela, Senior Vice President, Microsoft Devices Group – India, Middle East and Africa, said, “We welcome Jon to lead the company’s growth in the region. With his extensive international business and sales management experience gained in various roles in Nokia and other major multinational companies, Jon is an excellent choice to further lead the regional growth of the company’s mobile devices division including the Lumia, Nokia Asha and Nokia X business.”
French started his career in sales management for Nokia UK and has over 17 years’ experience in the consumer and business technology market. Following his role at Nokia UK, he spent six years at Samsung Electronics UK where he held a number of positions from Global Account Manager to Head of Sales, before becoming General Manager in 2007. In 2008, Jon helped Samsung take the number one spot in the UK mobile market for the first time in the company’s history.
Following his role at Samsung, French joined HTC to lead the sales division in the UK and Ireland. French later re-located to Dubai to join HTC as its Vice President of Middle East and Africa in 2012.
Commenting on his appointment, Jon French said, “These are exciting times for the mobile communications sector as a whole. The company has spear-headed the next chapter in its evolution, one that is defined by an ongoing commitment to innovation and to building the ecosystem. As such it’s a great opportunity to join the division as the Vice President and to be part of driving the brand to even greater heights across the region. I very much look forward to collaborating with our customers, partners and the community at large to grow this dynamic business.”
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