17 May 2016
New executive appointments as Thales focusses on strengthening its information security presence Middle East

Dubai - Thales, a global leader in critical information systems and cybersecurity, is strengthening its business and commitment to the cybersecurity market in the Middle East with new executive appointments to its e-Security team.

Thales already has an established presence in the region, offering solutions for data protection and trust management, and the announcement of new personnel in the region comes in response to the increasing demand to protect sensitive information and meet the growing number of privacy-driven regulations.

Philip Schreiber is appointed Regional Sales Director Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA), previously Regional Sales Manager sub-Saharan Africa at Thales e-Security. Hamid Qureshi is appointed Region Sales Manager Middle East, coming from Hewlett Packard, Maen Ftouni, Regional Sales Manager Saudi Arabia, previously with Symantec and Simon Taylor, Channel Manager Middle East. They are supported by Neil Ginns, Senior Solutions Consultant who has been with Thales for more than nine years.

Cyber-crime in the Middle East is becoming ever more frequent as companies continue the trend in moving to digital technology, resulting in businesses and government agencies alike requiring more advanced techniques to deal with the wide array of cyber threats. According to a recent report from Strategy&, the region is experiencing an overall compound annual growth rate of 12% in digital markets, with Middle East companies adopting digital technology at such a rate that early research estimates it could add up to $820bn to regional GDP, in addition to creating over 4 million new jobs by 2020.

The public sector, telecommunications, oil and gas, and financial services industries have all been subject to targeted cyber-attacks in recent years, with those attacks continually developing in sophistication and impact. To combat the threats posed by the unprecedented shift towards digitalisation, Thales brings vast experience in data protection and digital trust management for sensitive applications and information as well as payment transactions.

Marc Duflot, Vice President Middle East region, Thales says:

"Thales has a global reputation as a leader in digital trust management solutions and these new executive appointments confirm the commitment of Thales to support the digital transformation process currently underway in our region. It also reinforces the Group's investment in the Middle East and will significantly expand the Thales footprint."

Philip Schreiber, Regional Sales Director for Thales e-Security MEASA, says:

"Cybersecurity is an ever increasing threat and as attacks become more sophisticated it is clear that data protection is becoming both more critical and more in demand. We are delighted to welcome our recent appointments to the team here in Dubai and look forward to further building on our 20 year legacy in the region, both as part of our commitment to support existing customers and also to further expand our business in the region ".

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About Thales e-Security
Thales e-Security is a leading global provider of digital trust management and data protection solutions that protect the world's most sensitive applications and information. Thales solutions address identity and privacy related challenges with hardware and software-based encryption, digital signature, and management capabilities.  In today's increasingly connected world, our solutions help thwart today's targeted attacks and reduce the risk of sensitive data exposure introduced by cloud computing and virtualization, consumer devices in the workplace, increased mobility, big data, and more.  Thales e-Security has a worldwide support capability, with regional headquarters in the United States, United Kingdom, and Hong Kong. www.thales-esecurity.com   

About Thales
Thales is a global technology leader for the Aerospace, Transport, Defence and Security markets. With 62,000 employees in 56 countries, Thales reported sales of €14 billion in 2015. With over 22,000 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design and deploy equipment, systems and services to meet the most complex security requirements. Its exceptional international footprint allows it to work closely with its customers all over the world.

Positioned as a value-added systems integrator, equipment supplier and service provider, Thales is one of Europe's leading players in the security market. The Group's security teams work with government agencies, local authorities and enterprise customers to develop and deploy integrated, resilient solutions to protect citizens, sensitive data and critical infrastructure.

Drawing on its strong cryptographic capabilities, Thales is a global leader in data protection and one of the world leaders in cybersecurity products and solutions for defence, critical infrastructure and telecommunication operators, industrial and financial companies. Covering the entire cybersecurity chain, Thales offers a comprehensive range of services and solutions that includes: cybersecurity consulting and testing, cyber-secured software centric system design / development / integration and certification, provision and through-life management of data protection products and services, secured IT outsourcing and cloud computing solutions, as well as managed security services based on our network of Security Operation Centers in France, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.

Dorothée Bonneil                                              Liz Harris                                                          
Thales Media Relations - Security                      Thales e-Security Media Relations
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dorothee.bonneil@thalesgroup.com                   liz.harris@thales-esecurity.com

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