Executive Leadership Team

Executive 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

Abdulla Ishaq is the General Manager for GBM Bahrain, the Bahrain-based division of Gulf Business Machines (GBM), and is responsible for the growth of the business in the Bahraini market.

Ishaq has overseen GBM Bahrain’s evolution into a world-class IT consultancy business that also offers the widest range of cutting-edge technology and networking solutions, design, integration planning, as well as capacity planning for future growth. His leadership has given GBM Bahrain the platform to retain long-term, high-profile customers in Bahrain’s public and private sector, as well as verticals such as banking, telecommunications, manufacturing, oil and gas and SMEs.

Abdulla joined GBM Bahrain at its inception in 1990. Since then he has held a number of positions in the company before taking the helm as Country General Manager [2001] for Bahrain.


Ossama El Samadoni

General Manager, Dubai

Ossama El Samadoni is the General Manager of GBM Dubai. He has over 30 years of experience working in the region. He has a prominent track record in strengthening business growth in an increasingly competitive market, while supporting organizations of all sizes to navigate digital disruptions and IT transformation challenges.

Samadoni holds a B.Sc. in Engineering and MBA in Marketing, is fluent in Arabic and English, and is the Vice Chairman of SNIA Middle East.


Wassim Seliman

General Manager, Kuwait

Wassim Seliman is the General Manager of GBM Kuwait, a role he has assumed since 2018. Wassim is responsible for maintaining GBM Kuwait’s customer relationships, the growth of the local business as well as the skills development of GBM employees in Kuwait.

Wassim has 28 years’ worth of industry experience and first joined GBM Kuwait in 2003 as an Account Manager. Since then, he has held a number of positions in GBM including Government Market Director.

Wassim graduated with a Bachelor of Science in electronic and communication engineering supported by a London Business School degree in Planning and Strategy. He is also a Baltimore-certified Security PKI Engineer, and has received an ITIL Basic Foundation Certification.

He has successfully completed Data Science specialization in 2018 from Johns Hopkins University. Furthermore, he has successfully completed Artificial Intelligence Implications for Business Strategy in May 2022 and Data Monetization Strategy Creating Value Through Data in July 2022 from Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management.


Mahmoud Elkordy

General Manager, Oman

Mahmoud Elkordy is the General Manager of GBM Oman, he is a prominent executive with over 30 years’ experience in providing visionary sales leadership across the technology industry with IBM before moving to his current role.

He has exceled in driving significant operational improvements that deliver sustainable results through leading, enabling, and coaching others to reach and maintain peak performance. His expertise includes Cloud, Data & AI, Cybersecurity, and Infrastructure. Throughout his career, Mahmoud received several awards and recognitions.

Mahmoud holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering and Master’s Degree from Maastricht School of Management in the Netherlands .


Saqib Ahmad Khan

General Manager, Pakistan

Saqib brings over 23 years of regional IT experience to his CGM role, starting his career in 1993 with IBM in Pakistan. He has worked for GBM in Pakistan and Bahrain,and recently at GBM Head Office in Dubai where he was developing new business across assigned territories.

Saqib holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from IBA, University of Karachi and Bachelors degree in Computer Science from FAST ICS, University of Karachi.

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