Today, we are incredibly excited to announce the expansion of our global operations with the opening of an office in Dubai UAE. The Dubai office will serve as the central hub for Brightcove's business development and marketing efforts in the Middle East and Northern Africa region. The new office will be headed by Brahim Laraiki, a sales leader who has previously held positions with Orange, Lenovo and Microsoft. Laraiki will work under the direction of Sue Thexton, senior vice president of EMEA.
Brightcove is already working with several major media and broadcast organizations in the region, including Al Jazeera, My Dubai My City, Abu Dhabi Media and CNBC Africa.
Since Brightcove's launch in 2004, the company has pursued strategic international growth in order to keep pace with global demand for premium online video distribution, management and monetization services. This demand is especially strong in the Middle East where an appetite for broadcast-quality online video is driven by widespread local access to high-speed Internet and the proliferation of smartphones and other mobile devices.
Our complete press release regarding the Brightcove Dubai office launch has further details.