Microsoft Forms New District to Serve Central and South Texas and Louisiana Customers

HOUSTON, Oct. 26, 1999 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the formation of a new district to support Microsoft customers and technology partners throughout Central and South Texas and Louisiana. The new Gulf Coast District, with headquarters in Houston, will be responsible for Microsoft’s sales, marketing and consulting operations throughout the region.

Mohammed Kateeb, who most recently served as the director of technology and chief technologist for Microsoft’s 18-state U.S. Central Region and Canada, will serve as general manager. Kateeb will lead the Gulf Coast District in working with large, medium and small organizations to assist them in implementing and maintaining Microsoft® software and various server applications. The district also will recruit and develop Microsoft Certified Solution Providers (MCSPs), local businesses that are qualified via training programs and credentialed to assist Microsoft’s corporate customers with implementing Microsoft technology. There are currently 406 active MCSPs in the Gulf Coast District.

“The creation of the Gulf Coast District underscores Microsoft’s ongoing commitment to our Texas and Louisiana customers, partners, employees and the business communities where we operate,”
Kateeb said.
“For more than a decade, Microsoft has enjoyed a close relationship with these two states, and we look forward to continuing our investment in the people, businesses and technologies that make this region of the country a great place to live and work.”

Kateeb has held many positions in Microsoft, including senior principal technology specialist with the Central Region Technology Team, principal consultant in the South Central District and senior consultant with the Mid-Atlantic District.

Kateeb earned his bachelor’s degree in computer engineering with emphasis on software design from Case Western Reserve University and received a master’s degree in business administration with emphasis on information systems from Georgia State University.

Under Kateeb’s leadership, the new Gulf Coast District will continue to sponsor year-round education seminars for the business and information technology community to assist organizations in utilizing new and existing Microsoft technologies. In addition, the Gulf Coast District will continue to support the community through donations and educational outreach efforts. Last year, Microsoft donated more than $5 million in cash and software donations to Texas and Louisiana nonprofit organizations.

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