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As Cisco continues to grow, there will naturally be management changes across the business—this gives us a real opportunity to empower smart, collaborative people with diverse skill sets to lead us into the next phase for the company.

Cisco’s leadership bench today already has such a breadth and depth of these capabilities that we remain focused on our internal talent pool to fill leadership roles as they become available.

Effective at the start of fiscal year 2013, Edzard Overbeek, SVP, Asia Pacific, Japan, and Greater China (APJC), will lead Cisco’s Global Services business from San Jose, CA, reporting directly to me.

I will continue to oversee the Services business until Edzard assumes his new role at the start of the fiscal year, and then I will focus full time on leading the daily operations of the company and aggressively driving our transformation.

Edzard has 12 years of demonstrated success at Cisco in geographic sales and channel leadership roles, most recently as the leader for our business in Asia and co-chair of the Emerging Countries Council, where he successfully drove adoption of new business models for the company. His background is ideally suited in the areas where we expect growth for the Services business.

The current services leadership team — Ed Baum, Nick Earle, Joe Pinto, Sameer Padhye and Parvesh Sethi—will report directly to Edzard once he assumes his new role.

The Services leadership team as a whole has built one of the most collaborative and profitable Services business in the industry. Together with Edzard, this world-class team will endeavor to grow the business and make Services even more relevant to our customers and partners than it is today.

Asia, and its growth potential, remains critically important to Cisco’s business. Having a strong leader in place who will build on the momentum that Edzard has built over the past three years will be paramount to capturing the opportunities there, particularly in emerging countries like India and China. Rob Lloyd, EVP Worldwide Operations, is committed to having an APJC leader in place by the start of FY13. Until that time, Edzard will continue to lead the sales region.

Bringing leaders into new areas infuses fresh perspectives, energy, and skills to help accelerate innovation and tighten the alignment between organizations.  I am confident that the changes we are announcing today will help accelerate Cisco’s ability to capture the market opportunities ahead of us.

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