Cisco marked a new milestone in India with the appointment of a new leader last week. Jeff White, previously vice president for the company’s Service Provider business in the APJC (Asia Pacific, Japan and Greater China) region, has taken on the role of president for Cisco India & SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation), with responsibility for Cisco’s sales and operations in the area.
White will also take on the role of leader of a new India Board, which comprises senior executives from Cisco’s headquarters as well as India and will chart Cisco’s continued engagement with one of the largest emerging economies in the world.
Reporting to Jaime Valles, president of Cisco in APJC, White will partner with Faiyaz Shahpurwala, senior vice president, Industry Solutions and India Site leader, to drive innovation and talent in alignment with the national agenda to transform the economy through technology.
White will also be working closely with Wim Elfrink, executive vice president, Industry Solutions and Chief Globalisation Officer, who is also Cisco’s Executive Sponsor for India. Elfrink was one of the primary drivers for Cisco’s investment in the Globalisation Centre East in 2007 and was based out of Bangalore until 2011.
“Cisco is in a unique position to help the government, our customers and partners in India on their journey of transformation. With the combined resources of our many functions here, including sales, technical, engineering, services and many others, we can drive even greater local innovation with products, services, solutions and new service delivery models that are relevant for India. This is the vision for the next Cisco in India,” said White.
“I’m optimistic about the growth potential in India due to several trends, such as the massive urbanization, the young and vibrant population, a fast-growing middle-class and a government committed to investing in IT.”
Wim Elfrink, executive vice president, Industry Solutions and Chief Globalisation Officer, will be a key advisor to White and the India Board.
“Our vision is for Cisco to be a country transformational partner in India and deliver locally relevant products, services, and solutions in market-driven business models. We see technology as an enabler and believe that intelligent networks can help address unmet needs in India. Cisco’s leadership team is committed to supporting, enabling, and advising Jeff and the India team.”
Underscoring the importance of India, Jaime Vallés, president of Cisco in APJC said: “More than half of our employees in the APJC region are based in India and this country will continue to be a key source for innovation and talent in the region. Cisco is committed to helping drive economic growth in India through technology adoption and in Jeff, we have a strong leader to lead that partnership with the country.”