Ian Rutherford

Vice President, Global Enterprise Theater
Cisco Consulting Services

As vice president of the Global Enterprise Theater (GET) for Cisco Consulting Services, Ian Rutherford is responsible for driving transformation at Cisco’s top 30 global accounts. These companies occupy the highest echelons of the financial services, manufacturing, retail, and energy industries. Cisco Consulting’s GET team employs end-to-end strategies to understand and resolve these organizations’ most vexing challenges.

GET represents only one dimension of Rutherford’s Cisco Consulting responsibilities. Rutherford also leads the organization’s Next-Gen IT practice, which is committed to guiding customers through the IT revolution that is critical to competing in the Internet of Everything (IoE) economy.

Addressing the full spectrum of customer challenges comes naturally to Rutherford. As a managing director at Accenture, he led efforts to secure multimillion-dollar, transformational infrastructure and service contracts with such customers as Carillion, Intertek, Electrolux, and Thomas Cook. He also served as architect of global benchmarking, pricing, and TCO modeling for Infrastructure Services, and was instrumental in sourcing and driving large consulting engagements with Accenture’s global customer base.

Prior to Accenture, Rutherford was a partner at Unisys EMEA, where he led a group of 200 consultants to impressive results for the ITO Service Solutions group. In that role, he was responsible for leading all presales engagements, service, business, and technical consulting related to IT outsourcing. Rutherford’s deep experience also includes stints as head of network services/EMEA for Nortel Networks, and as director of implementation services for MCI Systemhouse.

Rutherford earned a B.A. in geography, with honors, from the University of Portsmouth. He lives in

Hampshire, U.K., with his wife and two children.

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