Established in the UK in 1978 Comtec has grown organically and by acquisition to
become the UK’s leading supplier of telecoms, datacoms and audio visual equipment
Having been active in the GCC market for over 26 years we established a Qatar office
in 2010 and will open our new regional headquarters in Dubai during 2015. In addition
to our three operations in the UK we also have facilities in Hong Kong and Mainland
China, from where we manufacture and source products.
Comtec Group is a Director-owned and managed business and having one of our Directors
resident in GCC since 2011 reinforces our commitment to the region.
John has been involved in fibre optics since graduating in physics from Liverpool
University in 1982 and joining BICC, then the UK’s largest cable manufacturer. After
roles in R&D, production and international marketing he moved to the Cambridge Science
Park as Director of a laser business before joining Comtec.
Following a role with Comtec’s parent company in California he and John Archer –
our Group’s Chairman – concluded a management buy-out with venture capital finance,
going on to acquire several other businesses and integrating these into the Group.
John relocated to Doha in 2011 to setup Comtec’s Middle East operation and is now
based at our regional headquarters in Dubai where at weekends you might spot him
windsurfing or paddle boarding. He is a Chartered Engineer (MIET), Fellow of the
Institute of Directors and an MBA post-graduate.
Ahmed was our first employee in the GCC having run a telecoms installation company
in Doha following a sales role with a major IT systems integrator in Dubai. Ahmed,
who is a Bachelor of Commerce of Calicut University, has lived in Doha for the past
8 years and is currently responsible for our business development throughout the
GCC. In his leisure time he enjoys playing football and terrifying passengers in
his FJ Cruiser whilst he speeds across Qatar’s sand dunes.
Michael brings more than 30 years’ experience of the technology sector, having worked
in various disciplines including electronics, security, AV and data cabling. For
many years he ran his own company, Tait Components, which was the leading distributor
of structured cabling products in Scotland before being acquired by Comtec in 2011.
In his spare time he enjoys cycling and sailing and finds Qatar very pleasant for
these activities after many years of doing the same in the cold and wet of Scotland.
Ashley is a Commerce Graduate and also holds a Diploma in Computer Applications
from Bangalore University. After graduating in 1995, he moved to the Middle East
to take up employment with Zubair Electric LLC, which at the time was one of the
largest businesses in Oman. He later relocated to the UAE and thereafter to Doha
where he took up a senior position with City Electrical Factors – one of the world’s
leading wholesalers of electrical products - where he was instrumental in setting
up its highly successful Qatar operation.
Ashley brings this extensive operational and procurement experience to Comtec Qatar
as our most recent addition to the Leadership Team. In addition to being a big sports
fan he’s also a very good cook and even grows his own vegetables!
PO Box 82281
Al Rufaa Tower
Al Meena Street
Tel: +974 44 3535 86
Fax: +974 44 3535 72
PO Box 123885
Tel: +974 44 3535 86
Comtec (HQ & Main Distribution Centre)
Cardinal Distribution Park
England, PE29 2XJ
Tel: +44 (0) 1480 415400
Fax: +44 (0) 1480 454724
20 Couper Street
Glasgow, G4 ODL
Tel: +44 (0) 141 564 1234
Fax: +44 (0) 141 564 4644
Unit C3 The Dolphin Estate
Middlesex, TW16 7HE
Tel: +44 (0) 844 844 4444
Fax: +44 (0) 844 844 1010
Comtec Hong Kong
Unit M4 M/F Sunbeam Centre
27 Shing Yip Street
Tel: +852 2311 2263
Fax: +852 2311 7961
2604 King International
345 Huancheng West Road