Hicham Abdessamad's career journey has taken him from his native Morocco to Suffolk’s Boston campus to the center of the tech industry in Silicon Valley. Abdessamad, who graduated from Suffolk in 1998, currently works as an executive at Hitachi Data Systems.
Abdessamad was born in Casablanca, Morocco and lived there until he was 18, when he decided to attend college in the United States. He chose Suffolk for its manageable size and great location in Boston. “I was looking for a student-centered educational experience to ease my transition to a new life very different from what I was accustomed to,” he said. The small class sizes in the engineering department allowed Abdessamad to thrive, as well as establish close relationships with faculty.
“One of the benefits of Suffolk's downtown location is that students are surrounded by the real world every day,” he said. “For me, that was a great motivator to be out there with them as soon as I graduated.” Several months before graduation, Abdessamad received an offer to work at Sun Microsystems (now Oracle) as a technical support engineer. After working at several other tech companies, Abdessamad joined the team at Hitachi Data Systems in Silicon Valley, where he has worked for the past eight years.
As the Senior Vice President of Global Services, he is responsible for leading and managing worldwide professional services and customer support. “My responsibilities include overall solutions strategy, services development, engineering, and integration,” he said. “I also work to ensure consistency and efficiency in service delivery and support by adapting repeatable methodologies and proven best practices.”
“The world needs engineers, computer scientists, innovators, and leaders,” said Abdessamad. “At Suffolk, students not only get a great quality education, they also have the freedom to challenge, to create, and to learn from one other.”