Taya IT Appoints New CEO

1st March 2010. Dubai, UAE. Taya IT, the regional specialist in enterprise and internet search applications today announced the recent appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer.  Ashraf Tawakkol, formerly Chief Operating Officer at Good News 4 Me – a conglomerate of Cairo-based Good News Group.

Mr. Tawakkol has over 20 years of entrepreneurial and executive experience in designing, developing, managing, and marketing pioneering digital products and services.  Before joining Taya IT, he founded Integrated Groups, a regional market leader in interactive mobile solutions which was later acquired by Orascom Telecom.  Mr. Tawakol also co-founded Zawaya Digital Media where he held the position of CEO till 2008.

As CEO of Taya IT, Mr. Tawakkol will be responsible for heading up the company’s two divisions: Taya Enterprise and Taya Online, which provide totally integrated IT solutions to regional companies, and cutting edge search applications for internet users respectively.

“We’re delighted to have Ashraf on board.  He brings a wealth of expertise to the company from his years in senior executive roles across the Middle East and Asia.  He joins us at a very exciting time where he will have a direct impact on our enterprise business and Yajeel, our first regional online product announced in February this year” said Wafik Shammaa, Chairman of Taya IT.

“I’m very excited to have joined Taya IT.  The company is at a critical stage in its history where big changes are taking place” said Ashraf Tawakkol.  “We are in an excellent position to take advantage of our partner and proprietary search technologies to become a major player in the region, and I’m looking forward to helping steer the company in that direction” he added.

Taya IT was founded in 2006 with the aim of improving access to modern technologies for businesses and individuals who use Arabic as a primary language.  The company has several semantic technologies which address the complexities of languages, and enhance the experience of using Arabic in organizing, searching, and retrieving large amounts of internal or publicly available data.

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