Kirk McBean

Director, Systems Engineering and Architecture

Service Provider

Kirk is a director responsible for leading a highly skilled team of senior architects and systems engineers focused on Service Provider and Enterprise technologies. The team assembles solutions for Telco Cloud (SDN and NFV), Collaboration, Next Generation Access (Universal CPE and SD-WAN), Data Center, Optical Transport, IP Core and Edge network, 4G and 5G networks and Analytics, Assurance and Automation solutions.

He engages with senior Cisco engineering leadership and product management teams to drive service provider requirements directed at developing referencing architectures necessary to capture key market transitions. Kirk also simplifies technical complexities in order to deliver comprehensive messages and strategy to senior leadership at Cisco, customers and partners.

He is a creative and driven technology leader with over 20 years of proven industry experience who is focused on developing broad architectural strategies to gain a competitive edge and increased revenue by identifying customer needs and advising on technologies that solve business problems and enhance capabilities.


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