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Altech KDN gets a new boss

NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 1 – South African firm Allied Technologies Limited (Altech) has appointed Shahab Meshki as Chief Executive Officer of Altech Kenya Data Networks (KDN), effective November 1.

With more than 20 years of working experience in the Information Technology and Telecommunications sector, Meshki brings a wealth of global management experience and expertise in the convergence of IT and Telecommunication services.

A statement from the company on Tuesday said Meshki began his career with the Siemens AG (Germany) Automation Division in charge of Software & Hardware Development and later Marketing and Sales of network analysers.

In 1995 he moved to Cisco where he held various Channel and Sales Management positions responsible for Global Accounts and Business Development. In 2002 he moved with his family to Kenya to establish Cisco’s presence in East Africa.

As General Manager for Cisco in East Africa until October 2011, he was responsible for running the sales operation in Kenya focusing on Key Accounts in the Corporate, Government and Service Provider markets of the East African region.

“During this time he achieved growth of approximately 1000% for Cisco’s business and established East Africa as one of Cisco’s fastest growing regions on the continent,” according to communication from his new employers.

Meshki will report directly to Tim Ellis, Altech Group Executive for Converged Services and will be responsible for creating the vision, business architecture and go-to-market strategy for KDN.

“We are delighted to welcome Shahab to Altech and I am confident that his global management experience, his expertise in the convergence of IT and Telecommunication services, his operational excellence and his skills in building high performance teams will position KDN as a key data communications carrier of carriers in the region,” said Ellis.

Born in Iran and raised in Germany, Shahab holds a Master’s degree in Electronic Engineering from the Technical University of Berlin, Germany and a Postgraduate degree from the University of Cambridge, UK in Public & Private Partnerships.

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Shahab speaks German, English and Farsi and lives in Nairobi, Kenya with his wife and two daughters.

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