About Us

Empowering digital transformation

Preparing Businesses For Tomorrow

With more than 30 years of experience, 7 offices and over 1500 employees across the region - Gulf Business Machines (GBM) is a leading end-to-end digital solutions provider, offering the region’s broadest portfolio, including industry-leading digital infrastructure, digital business solutions, security and services.

We have nurtured partnerships with the world’s leading technology companies and invested in a talented, skilled workforce to implement solutions that cater to customer’s specific, complex and diverse business needs. With on-the ground, readily available expertise, GBM provides round-the-clock support to customers across the region.


Our History

About Vision

Our Mission

To accelerate our clients Digital Transformation journey by delivering Digital Solutions.

Our Vision

To be the region’s leading technology company, preparing businesses for tomorrow.

Leadership Team


Manoharan P Pathayappura

Vice President of Finance

Manoharan joined GBM in 1990 and has been part of the management team since 1991. He is the executive responsible for all financial actions of the company including taxation, audit and financial reporting across GBM.

He has previously worked in leading audit firms and has over 38 years of experience in the field of Finance and Auditing.

He is a member of the institute of Chartered Accountants of India and holds a Bachelors degree in Finance and also has attended training courses from London Business School in financial management and treasury.


Feras Al Majed

Vice President of HR, Marketing & Communications

Feras Al Majed is the Vice President of HR, Marketing & Communications. He originally joined GBM in 2013 , Feras is responsible for all HR & Communications activities across the entire organization including the employee experience, hiring, employee relations, compensation and benefits, as well as training and development programs for employees at all levels.

Feras has worked previously with leading organizations such as BNP Paribas, DHL and Investcorp in various HR roles .

Feras holds a degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Leeds in the UK and has many professional qualifications from leading institutions like the CIPD and London Business School in leadership and HR management



Hani Nofal

Head of Technology

Hani is an ICT executive with more than 25 years of industry and leadership experience in the region. He held several roles in global organizations including Digital Equipment Corporation, Compaq, 3Com and Cisco Systems.

Hani joined GBM in January 2012. Since then, he’s been part of the executive team and currently leads GBM’s Digital Infrastructure and Cyber Security business across the Gulf and Pakistan. He’s responsible for the development of regional and global alliances delivering solutions that support organizations to realize their digital transformation agendas and protect them from cyber threats.

Prior to joining GBM, Hani was Cisco’s Senior Regional Manager. During his tenure at Cisco, Hani supported the company’s rapid growth and expansion in the UAE and Gulf and was responsible for several strategic successes in the region, achieving significant agreements and milestones.


Stephen Kelly

Director of Technical Support Services

Stephen Kelly is the Director of Technical Support Services (TSS) at Gulf Business Machines (GBM.), responsible for leading the TSS organization across the Gulf with responsibilities focusing on customer satisfaction, profitable growth and building a strong technical support and services portfolio.

Stephen has over 32 years of Service Management and Service Delivery experience working with customers in different industries across the United Kingdom and the last 11 of these years in the GCC.

Prior to joining GBM, Stephen held multiple senior management roles in global organizations including IBM.

Stephen holds a post-graduate qualification in managing development and change as well as a Professional Certificate in Management from the Open University in the United Kingdom. He also holds a BTEC Certificate in Electronics and Communications. He has also completed executive education at the London Business School and holds multiple certifications in Service Management.



Miguel Khouri

General Manager, Abu Dhabi & Yemen

As the General Manager for GBM Abu Dhabi and Yemen, Miguel Khouri has a track record for strengthening and enriching relationships with a wide-range of customers and industries.

With over two decades in IT Consultancy, Business Management, and Business Development across the GCC, Khouri’s leadership has consistently delivered business growth for GBM Abu Dhabi. His guidance in value-added IT and business solutions provides tangible results for a host of public and private clients in the government, banking and finance, telecommunications, oil and gas, education and retail sectors.

As General Manager, Khouri has nurtured GBM Abu Dhabi local expertise and in-depth knowledge of the market, and has helped to develop a collaborative network of offices across the region that enables clients to benefit from best-in-class IT consultancy.

Prior to joining GBM Abu Dhabi as General Manager in 2011, Khouri was the Director of GBM’s Intelligent Networking Solutions (INS) for the entire region.

Earlier to that, Khouri worked for 8 years with Saudi Business Machines.

Miguel holds a Bachelor degree from University of Balamand in Lebanon, where he majored in Computer Engineering.


Abdulla Ishaq

General Manager, Bahrain


Ossama El Samadoni

General Manager, Dubai


Wassim Seliman

General Manager, Kuwait


Mahmoud Elkordy

General Manager, Oman


Saqib Ahmad Khan

General Manager, Pakistan

Meet some of our strategic partners


We are proud to be one of IBM’s most strategic partners in the Gulf, having partnered with them since our inception as their sole distributor throughout the GCC (excluding Saudi Arabia and selected IBM product and services.)


Our long standing partnership with Cisco dates back to 1999. We hold the highest level of certification – Cisco Gold partner status and today we are the only Gulf company to hold a combination of; Cisco Master Collaboration, Master Security Partner and Master Networking Specialization accreditation.

With more than 300 Cisco certified resources - GBM holds all the key Cisco architecture specializations such as; Data Center, Collaboration, Security, Enterprise and Software. We are also the only TITAN partner for Cisco AppDynamics in the region.


GBM is the premier partner of VMware, which is the highest partner status within VMware. We are also a VMWare Professional Services Organization(PSO), which enables us to offer consulting, planning, design and deployment services of VMWare solutions.



How can we help?

Our team has expertise across the full range of digital solutions. We are here to help you progress on your journey towards digital transformation.

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