Intelligent CIO Middle East Issue 34 - Page 99

GET TO KNOW... On the lighter side of things, we ask the industry experts what makes them tick. . . . Khaled Alsaleh, Managing Director, SAP Saudi Arabia What would you describe as your most memorable achievement? Joining SAP as Managing Director of Saudi Arabia has been a major career milestone as I have been inspired by its vision; to help the world run better and improve people’s lives. Since joining SAP in February 2018, I was pleased to see SAP Saudi Arabia be awarded the 2018 Top Employer KSA, Top Employer Middle East and Top Employer Global certification. Then, I have been involved with the go-live of the SAP Public Cloud Hub in the kingdom, in support of Saudi Vision 2030. SAP became the first multi-national technology company to go live on a public cloud data centre in Saudi Arabia. Previously in my career, my most memorable achievement was having Saudi Arabia as the top-performing country in EMEA during my tenure at Hewlett Packard Enterprise in 2014. What first made you think of a career in technology? I first became interested in technology during secondary school. Technology has always been the trend of the future, and an impactful enabler not only in terms of transforming economy, society and the environment but also in presenting career growth opportunities. At King Saudi University, I applied to IT and computer science programmes and pursued a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Information Systems. From there I worked with a number of technology companies in the region, resulting in being Managing Director of Saudi Arabia for SAP. dynamics; and to develop an effective go-to- market strategy. Thanks especially to Saudi Vision 2030, the KSA presents strong growth opportunities in the Digital Transformation of the economy and of organisations. What style of management philosophy do you employ with your current position? I also believe that it’s imperative to know your team members well, and to identify what motivates each and every one distinctively as this skill is not one size fits all. I’m a believer in a sympathetic servant leadership style and in curiosity as a state of mind. The ultimate leadership characteristic in my opinion is the ability to develop talent and to create a corporate culture that fosters a common mission for everyone to push in the same direction. In terms of management philosophy, it is to map global corporate strategies on to geography-specific market “ THE KSA IS AT THE GLOBAL FOREFRONT OF ADOPTING AND LEVERAGING BREAKTHROUGH TECHNOLOGIES. INTELLIGENTCIO 99