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Robert Dean

Executive Director
Manufacturing Industry Vertical

Robert (Bob) Dean is the Executive Director at Cisco responsible for building and leading the go-to-market strategies for the Manufacturing Industry Vertical in the United States, Canada, and Latin America. With an extensive background with technology and management consulting firms, Mr. Dean specializes in integrated supply chain management in the manufacturing industry on a global scale. His expertise includes both international and domestic client engagements across the entire spectrum of manufacturing industries and supply chain processes.

With over 35 years of experience, Mr. Dean has demonstrated skill in assisting organizations in rethinking the way they do business with a focus on globalization, innovation and value creation, extended enterprise collaboration, and operational excellence. As a catalyst for change, he is considered a strategist with a global operational/implementation focus.

Before joining Cisco, Mr. Dean was the Vice President, IBM Global Services and Senior Partner at BearingPoint management consultancy where he was responsible for building and growing the worldwide Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management and IT Consulting Practices. This included both management consulting and systems integration capabilities across all manufacturing industries worldwide. He also has experience as interim CEO and senior executive with several world-class supply chain, sourcing and procurement consultancies.

With over 20+ years of on-the-ground, in-country international experience, Mr. Dean has Ex-Patriot experience in London (5 years) and Amsterdam (2 years) as well as leading/managing client engagements and consulting services business units in:

 North America, Canada, Mexico

 South America (Brazil)

 Middle East (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Kuwait)

 South Africa

 UK, Europe (Netherlands, Germany, France, Spain, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, Italy, Poland, Belgium, Ireland, Denmark)

 Asia Pacific (Australia, Japan, Singapore, China/Hong Kong)

Mr. Dean has a Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of North Texas with a major area of study in business information systems. He is also a Certified IBM Global Services Business Transformation Consultant having transformed the businesses of over 100 client companies across multiple industries around the world.

Mr. Dean is a current member of the Manufacturing Executive Leadership Council in North America and Europe. He is a former member in the Institute of Directors (UK). He has had several articles published in the Financial Times, Logistics Europe, American Shipper, Distribution, Inbound Logistics, Manufacturing Executive and other trade publications. Mr. Dean has been a guest lecturer at Henley Management College (UK), Cranfield University (UK), Eindhoven University of Technology (Netherlands), The University of Virginia Darden School of Business (US), Ohio State University (US) and Pennsylvania State University (US). He is an accomplished speaker at several professional conferences each year on topics related to globalization, supply chain management, logistics, and information technology.

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