Milestone Systems, the provider of open platform networked video management software (VMS), announces the appointment of Mohammed Riyaz as Country Manager for the Middle East region and Armand Steffens as Country Manager for the African continent (except Northwest Africa). This marks another step up in Milestones dedication to these fast-moving regions with an ever-growing demand for true open platform technology.

“We are gearing up the organization to further support our strong growth in the Middle East and Africa,” says Christian Ringler, Director Milestone Middle East, Africa and DACH. “By introducing a dedicated Country Manager for Africa and one for the Middle East, we will ensure a greater local presence in each region. Both candidates are dedicated to supporting our local partner communities, with the focus of creating optimal solutions for customers in their areas.”

Mohammed Riyaz – Middle East

Mohammed Riyaz will head up the Middle East team, which includes offices in Jeddah and Dubai. Riyaz brings to Milestone a strong background in business strategy development and leadership of regional sales teams in the technical industry. With 11 years’ experience from the Gulf markets, his peers see him as someone who is highly competent and easy to collaborate with. Dedicated to developing strong projects and new markets, Riyaz is looking forward to meet the Milestone Community at the upcoming Milestone Community Days EMEA (MIPS).

“Collaborating effectively with partners to find the best solutions for our customers, is at the cornerstone of my work. I look forward to meeting up and to work with you all,” Riyaz states.

Armand Steffens – African Continent

Armand Steffens already has a proven track record with Milestone, as Channel manager in South Africa the last one and a half years. As Country Manager, he is taking on more responsibility and is covering the offices in Johannesburg and Beirut as well. It is his goal to ensure even greater focus is placed on the African markets and further development of the local Milestone community.

Steffens will be building on his more than 15-years of experience in the industry to realize Milestones expansion strategy for the African continent. “Milestone is such a phenomenal company. I immediately became passionate about it. The culture, the people, organization, and the products are all targeted to deliver on our mission and vision. Together with my team in Africa, I would like to echo the Milestone values and further embed Africa into the Milestone Community.”

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