Riverbed has promoted Charbel Khneisser to the position of Vice President, Solutions Engineering for Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). Khneisser who previously served as the company’s Regional Director, Technical Sales for the Middle East, Turkey and Africa (META) region now sees his role expand with a significant focus on strategic planning, cross-functional alignment, best-practice development and sharing, and empowering the company’s regional Solution Engineering teams. With his vast technical expertise and years of experience as a trusted industry commentator, he will also serve as the company’s primary technology evangelist in the EMEA.
Khneisser reports to Elie Dib, Senior Vice President, EMEA, at Riverbed. “Following our vision and brand launch earlier this year, Riverbed is primed for a new phase of sustained growth,” said Dib. “Our two industry-leading portfolios – Alluvio Unified Observability and Riverbed Acceleration – arm organisations with the solutions they need to thrive in the digital world. Charbel has a wealth of hands-on expertise, competitor knowledge and industry influencing skills, and I’m excited to see him bring his enthusiasm, energy, and strong skillset to this new role. I have worked closely with him for many years, and I’m confident he is the ideal candidate to lead our technical teams and evangelise the market around the unique value proposition that we bring to our industry.”
In addition to leading the Riverbed EMEA solutions engineering teams, Khneisser will closely engage with key regional enterprise customers and partners to understand their business strategies, objectives, and challenges and address these through the implementation of appropriate solutions from the company’s Unified Observability and Acceleration portfolios. By working closely with customers and partners, he will look to optimise feedback collection, and guide further product feature enhancements. With Riverbed’s solutions being fundamental to the broader technology ecosystem of the modern, hybrid enterprise, Khneisser will also collaborate closely with the company’s Technology Alliance partners to create tailored solutions that drive the overall value for customers.
Khneisser is a technology industry veteran with over 18 years’ experience, having served half of his tenure in various technical and leadership roles at Riverbed. Commenting on his promotion, Khneisser said, “I’m excited to take on the added responsibilities that enable me to play to my strengths in technical advisory, team leadership, customer engagement, and solution delivery, as I look to empower our customers in EMEA to unlock the full potential of our solutions. During my career, I have worked for enterprises – in both the public and financial services sectors – as well as in Value Added Distributors, Consultancy firms and technology vendor organisations. This first-hand experience has given me a comprehensive understanding of the entire value chain which I will leverage to ensure optimal outcomes for our customers.”