Intelligent Tech Channels Issue 55 | Page 19


Cloudflare focuses on building business partnerships in the region

Bashar Bashaireh , Managing Director , Middle East and Turkey , Cloudflare , outlines how the company is developing its business in the region and cementing partner alliances as it looks to cement its technology solutions and cloud offerings to customers .
Bashar Bashaireh , Managing Director , Middle East and Turkey , Cloudflare

bBriefly give us an overview of your career in the technology industry . I join Cloudflare with over two decades of experience , mostly in the cybersecurity and software industry , where over the past years I helped global technology providers establish and expand presence and operation in the emerging markets , particularly in the Middle East and Turkey .

Prior to joining Cloudflare , I was the managing director and head of sales for emerging markets at CyberRes , the cybersecurity line of business at MicroFocus , managing the sales and business development across the Middle East , Africa , Brazil , Russia , CIS and CEE . Before that I led StarLink value added distribution as their CEO across a 22-country operation , managing their annual business of close to US $ 500 million . In addition , I held several leadership positions at major technology vendors such as Symantec , BlueCoat , Fortinet and CyberGuard .
Given the experience you have gained over many years , what factors prompted you to join Cloudflare as regional head ?
Having worked in the domain of cybersecurity for more than two decades , I can see that Cloudflare is genuine in its mission of building a better Internet that is fast , safe and reliable for everyone . Being part of this journey that touches everyone ’ s life is surely an exciting thing to do .
Having spoken to so many customers in the region , I understand that nowadays more than ever , they need to be able to grow their operations by focusing on their core mission without having to worry about their
Cloudflare appears to me as one of the most innovative customercentric companies in the market . More than just technology , we are on a mission to help to build a fast , reliable and secure Internet .