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Marc Surplus

Vice President, Partner Strategy & Programs

Global Partner Sales

As Vice President of Partner Strategy & Programs for Cisco’s Global Partner Sales organization, Marc Surplus is responsible for developing and executing channel strategies and partner programs across all routes to market worldwide in Cisco’s connected partner ecosystem. Surplus and his team are responsible for managing and evolving the innovative, award-winning Cisco Partner Program and extensive portfolio of incentives that underpin Cisco’s value-based channel model. As a result, Cisco partners have access to unparalleled resources to build new capabilities, accelerate growth and increase profitability in their Cisco practices.

Previously, Surplus led multiple strategy and planning organizations within Cisco, spanning segment, regional and global arenas. His responsibilities included developing new go-to-market strategies, launching new business models, accelerating sales growth and improving productivity across Cisco’s 18,000 employee field organization.

Before joining Cisco, Surplus was CEO of ForwardVue Technologies, a financial risk management software company. He also served as Vice President & General Manager for Trilogy Software, one of the largest privately held enterprise software companies. Earlier in his career, Surplus was an Associate Principal at McKinsey & Company.

Surplus received a Master’s in Business Administration from the Wharton Business School. In addition, he holds a Master of Arts in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Miami University of Ohio

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June 30, 2021

PARTNER

Four Roles on a Roll – The Cisco Partner Program

Cisco has the best partners in the industry, and our new program validates their expertise and excellence in a way that customers can easily recognize. As we up-level our value exchange in the new program, here are the highlights.

June 16, 2021

PARTNER

Cisco’s New Route to Market: Agency

Starting today, we are working with Intelisys, a leading master agent, and their 1,700+ channel sales professionals. Intelisys agents are now authorized to offer Webex Meetings, Webex Calling and a select group of Webex Devices to their customers who are interested in cloud collaboration products and services for an inclusive hybrid workplace.

May 27, 2021

PARTNER

Helping Partners Through Magnified IT Market Change

As companies seek guidance and help to navigate their IT journey post-COVID, the role of partners has become more vital. Guest blogger Steve White, Program Vice President at IDC, discusses how the Cisco Partner Program can help companies adapt and evolve by using iDC's five-stage model for enterprise recovery.

April 12, 2021

PARTNER

Come for the Program Updates. Stay for the IDC Research.

We are starting a new broadcast series to keep you informed about the Cisco Partner program. It's called “Future Ready – Programs and Profitability," and the first episode is Wednesday, April 14.

March 29, 2021

PARTNER

CRN 5-Star Awards: A Lot Can Happen in 10 Years

Because of the mutual success between partners and customers, we are proud to announce that Cisco has won CRN’s Five-Star Award for 10 years in a row!

March 8, 2021

PARTNER

More with Less

We just launched a new, intuitive deal registration platform that provides speed without compromise. It saves time during registration and approvals by using a guided experience.

October 28, 2020

PARTNER

Unboxing The New Cisco Partner Program

Marc Surplus unboxes the new Cisco Partner Program and shows you how we're bringing out siloed programs together into a single, cohesive framework structured around the roles you play with your customers, as opposed to how you transact with Cisco.

May 27, 2020

PARTNER

Transformation Starts with Competencies

Today, we are launching the DevNet Specialization designed for partners with a robust software development practice. It validates and highlights their ability to automate solutions and develop applications on top of Cisco platforms.

March 30, 2020

PARTNER

Cisco Wins Three 5-Star Awards for Partner Programs

I hope you’re ready for some good news. CRN published their annual Partner Program guide this week. Thanks to you, this is the ninth straight year we have won one of their prestigious Five Star awards. I’m proud to say, for the first time ever, we won three awards.