Shahab Meshki moves to KDN from Cisco East Africa

Shahab Meshki has been appointed the chief executive of Kenya Data Networks (KDN) from November 1 replacing the firm’s former chief executive Rikus Matthyser who held the position for less than one year.

KDN, a subsidiary of South Africa’s Allied Technologies (Altech), is a Kenya-based communications company that provides data and internet backbone solutions in East Africa and was headed by Kai Wulff who left the firm for a new assignment in the US in July this year.

Meshki began his IT career at Siemens AG’s (Germany) Automation Division in charge of Software and Hardware Development and later Marketing and Sales of network analyzers. In 1995 he moved to Cisco where he held various Channel and Sales Management positions responsible for Global Accounts and Business Development.

Shahab Meshki, Kenya Data Network (KDN) new CEO

In 2002 he moved with his family to Kenya to establish Cisco’s presence in East Africa. As General Manager for Cisco in East Africa until October 2011, he was responsible for running the sales operation in Kenya focusing on Key Accounts in the Corporate, Government and Service Provider markets of the East African region.

Cisco East Africa is yet to appoint a new general manager to replace Mr Meshki and is currently lead by two regional sales managers.

In his new role, Meshki is to report to Tim Ellis, Altech Group’s executive in charge of Converged Services and will be responsible for creating the vision, business architecture and go-to-market strategy for KDN.

Born in Iran and growing up in Germany, Shahab holds a Master’s degree in Electronic Engineering from the Technical University of Berlin, Germany and a Postgraduate degree from the University of Cambridge, UK in Public and Private Partnerships.  He speaks German, English and Farsi and lives in Nairobi, Kenya.