The network is transforming how we work. It is enabling us to collaborate more socially; to communicate more visually; to work on-the-move, with any device, and to leverage the Cloud to securely take our collaboration experiences with us. This is a dynamic market, with multiple simultaneous transitions occurring, and our customers are highly focused on evolving their IT and business models to adapt to the new norms of the workplace.
Today Cisco is announcing an evolution of its own in the form of a new leader for our Collaboration Business. I’m pleased to welcome Rowan Trollope as our new senior vice president and general manager. Rowan brings to Cisco an excellent track record in the software-as-a-service (Saas) market; vital experience of end-user product development expertise, and a proven background in security and category leadership.
He joins us from Symantec where he was most recently group president of the company’s Symantec.cloud Business Unit. There he oversaw product development, strategy, product sales, and marketing teams. He also oversaw the consumer, enterprise and small and mid-sized business segments and was previously instrumental in the turnaround of the Norton brand and for growing it into a recognized global leader with over 80% market share.
Starting on Monday, and reporting to me, Rowan will assume responsibility for the Cisco collaboration portfolio which includes Cisco TelePresence, Cisco Unified Communications Manager, and Cisco WebEx and which is comprised of Cisco’s collaboration software, devices, infrastructure and services that enable video and social collaboration, unified communications, customer contact centers, conferencing, mobility, and desktop virtualization technologies.
Rowan is an engineer at heart, and he has consistently demonstrated a passion for technology and user experience throughout his long and distinguished career at Symantec.
As I welcome Rowan, it is with some sadness that Cisco says farewell to OJ Winge, who has decided to leave Cisco for personal reasons. I want to sincerely thank OJ for all he has done to ensure a thoughtful and well planned transition, and for his leadership in setting the collaboration vision and strategy. I wish him well with the next phase of his career.