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Welcoming Our New VP of Worldwide Distribution

Distribution is a critical piece of our go-to-market channel strategy, representing $13 billion a year in revenue for Cisco. We need a strong leader to continue the tradition of programs and relationships we’ve established with our key distribution partners, and it’s with that in mind that I’m very pleased to announce Julie Hens as our new Vice President of Worldwide Distribution.

jhensJulie was most recently our leader for Americas Distribution and in her new role succeeds Scott Brown, who we recently announced as Vice President of the APJC Partner Business Group.

A 14-year Cisco veteran, Julie is a familiar face to many of our distribution partners and I’m confident she will be a fantastic leader in this global role thanks to her depth of experience and strong relationships. Julie began her career at Cisco in the Service Provider Sales Organization and held roles in sales, field operations and sales productivity prior to joining Americas Distribution in 2005. In fact, since 2005 US distribution sales have increased nearly 100 percent. Julie was promoted to Vice President in 2008 and in July 2010 Julie led her team to their first billion-dollar quarter.

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Cisco Partner Weekly Rewind – May 31, 2013

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Every Friday, we’ll highlight the most important Cisco partner news and stories of the week, as well as point you to important Cisco-related content you may have missed along the way. Let’s have it.

Off The Top

It’s time for the big show! Today is the last business day before Cisco Partner Summit kicks off in Boston next week, and by now, you’ve heard plenty of information about how to follow Partner Summit using social media, what our executives are thinking, and even what some members our global press and analyst community are interested in.

Be sure to register for Virtual Partner Summit if you won’t be attending live, and no matter how you’re engaging, make sure you stay in the conversation. Use hashtag #ciscops13 early and often.

In case you missed it, we also asked a number of your Cisco partners peers about the importance of Partner Summit and what they’re looking forward to from this year’s program. Check out what they have to say.

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New VP for Cisco APJC Partner Business Group

Cisco’s partners are a critical building block for capturing the opportunity and growth that Asia Pacific, Japan and Greater China (APJC) present. The Cisco Partner Organization in APJC is set to capture the next wave of market transitions with our partners, and with this in mind, I am very pleased to announce Scott Brown as the new Vice President of the APJC Partner Business Group.

In his new role, Scott will be responsible for building and evolving our Cisco partner team, both in the theatres and across the region. He will ensure the teams become business advisors to our partners and Go-to-Market (GTM) unit leaders in order to drive strategic business accounts, territory planning and coordination activities that are required to deliver product, services and Cisco Capital growth. Scott will report directly to Cisco Senior Vice President of APJC Jaime Vallés, and he will also be aligned to the Worldwide Partner Organization as a key member of my leadership team.

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Why Distributors Create Value for Cisco and our Partners

The success of distribution at Cisco is no longer a secret, thanks to Scott Brown’s recent interview with CRN. Of course, it was no secret to me--our distributors have been an important part of our channel strategy from the beginning. But I’m extremely proud of Scott and his team for driving the more recent growth and deepening our relationship with our distributors.

Those who know me, know I’m all about relationships. And I believe that the success and growth comes, not just from Cisco’s relationship with our distributors, but also from the relationship our distributors have developed with our channel partners. Together, we deliver greater value for our partners.

As customers begin to demand new consumption models, I believe distribution will play a significant role in helping partners evolve their business models more quickly to profitably deliver cloud and managed services solutions. Our commitment to a partner-centric sales and services go-to-market model doesn’t just apply to our traditional channel partners. As more solutions move to the cloud, we plan to work with our major distributors and leverage their capacity and their relationships in order to scale.

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Announcing the New Vice President of Worldwide Distribution

Distribution is a critical part of our overall Channels route-to-market, representing more than 28% of our Cisco revenue.

When Dave O’Callaghan took on his new role as Vice President of WW Commercial Sales within the Worldwide Partner Organization, he left some big distribution shoes to fill. So the decision we made around appointing a new Distribution leader for Worldwide Channels here at Cisco is one we didn’t take lightly.

I’m very pleased to announce that Scott Brown will take on the role as our new Vice President of Distribution for Worldwide Channels. After a rigorous interview process, I am confident that Scott is the right leader for this important role.

Let’s get to know Scott: 

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