Computex co-founder Sam Haffar resigns as CEO

Letter of resignation

Computex CEO and co-founder Sam Haffar has announced he is stepping down from his role after 33 years in charge of the IT solutions provider.

The move comes just five weeks after the Houston-based business was acquired by American Virtual Cloud Technologies (AVCT) and will also see Haffar resign from the company’s board of directors.

Haffar co-founded Computex alongside his brother back in 1987, building the firm up to become one of the leading solutions providers in the US. Under his vision, the business developed from a small system builder to a national name, developing its own recurring revenue cloud services and security and disaster recovery products.

The company's growth is evident in its multi-million-dollar network operations centres (NOC) in Houston and Minneapolis, its Houston-based security operations centre (SOC), as well as its three integration centres.

"It's been a great ride," commented Haffar, as reported by CRN. "I'm very proud of what we have built at Computex. I'm looking forward to taking some time off and then focusing on the next chapter of my life."

In the wake of Haffar's departure, Computex revealed it has promoted Faisal Bhutto and Worth Davis to presidential roles, charged with leading the managed services/cyber security business and the solution provider business unit, respectively.

Prior to it being acquired by Computex in 2014, Bhutto held the roles of partner and COO of ENET solutions. He now steps up from the position of vice-president to president of Cloud and Cybersecurity, where he will also continue to lead the firm's Managed Services and Cybersecurity divisions.

Worth Davis now takes the role of President of Computex' Solutions Provider business unit. Prior to joining Computex eight years ago, the CIO veteran was previously a director at $77 billion energy giant Engie.

Both have contributed significantly to Computex' growth over the last few years, overseeing the positive trajectories of both cloud and managed services, as well as emerging technologies such as AI and big data.

"I have 100% confidence in the future of Computex with Faisal and Worth stepping up to top leadership positions," Haffar said of their appointments. "They are great leaders with many, many great accomplishments. I am very confident in their ability.

"They are just outstanding executives with a great future ahead of them. Computex is in good hands under their leadership."

Darrell Mays, CEO of AVCT, said he was grateful for Haffar’s previous leadership and that the new setup positioned the business well for future success: "We are confident the changes to our executive team and promotions at Computex will drive growth within our current business unit and propel the development of our new product portfolio."

Daniel Todd

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