Designation: Head, Middle East and Africa
El Leithy oversees Nokia’s portfolio of network equipment, software, services, and licensing in the Middle East and Africa (MEA). The MEA division employs 3,500 people across 38 offices in 53 countries and earned $2.2 billion in revenues in 2019. In July 2020 Ooredoo Qatar launched a Nokia-powered cloud-native core network for commercial 5G services. Mobily in Saudi Arabia launched a 5G end-to-end portfolio using Nokia’s networks, including radio access, IP routing, optical networking, and software. In September 2019, Saudi’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and Nokia agreed to launch a Nokia R&D unit for developing software in the kingdom.