Shukri Eid leads IBM across the Gulf, Levant and Pakistan

06 February 2023 2 min. read
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IBM has promoted UAE-based Shukri Eid to General Manager of its Gulf, Levant and Pakistan division.

Based in Dubai, Shukri will be responsible for IBM’s overall strategy and business operations across the region, spanning strategy and execution, client delivery, partnerships with stakeholders, as well as internal governance and practice management.

Shukri brings over 25 years of experience in technology and consulting to the top seat, including early career experience at subsidiary IBM Consulting (then still operating as IBM Global Business Services) and predecessor PwC Consulting (which was acquired by IBM in 2002 in the aftermath of the Enron downfall).

Shukri Eid, General Manager of Gulf, Levant and Pakistan, IBM

Prior to re-joining IBM at the start of this year, Shukri spent 15 years at Cisco, most recently as Regional Managing Director for the Gulf Region. Prior to that, he held several other leadership roles, including Director of Consulting Services for the Middle East, Africa, Russia and the nine countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States region.

Welcoming the new regional leader, Saad Toma, General Manager of IBM across the Middle East and Africa said: “Shukri is a seasoned executive with a solid business acumen and a reputation for leading high-performing teams with client relationships across diverse industries.”

“I feel privileged to lead IBM in such a dynamic region where technology plays a key role in advancing national agendas,” said Shukri. “By leveraging IBM’s technology and consulting expertise and our ecosystem partners, I look forward to accelerating growth for our clients and contributing to the economic progress of the region.”

In the Gulf, IBM delivers work across all six states (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates), and in the Levant region, IBM has a track record in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Palestine, and Jordan.

Shukri steps into the shoes of Wael Abdoush, who has been promoted to Middle East and Africa leader of IBM’s zStack (zSoftware and zHardware) division.