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Premchand Akella

APJ Marketing Lead
Financial Services Industry Group

Prem Akella is the APJ Marketing Lead for the BFSI Industry vertical. He possesses 13 years of combined experience in Financial Services as well as High-Tech industries. Leveraging on his comprehensive experience in both industries, Prem is engaged in building the strong story Cisco can tell to its BFSI clients and prospects in the APJ region. In his previous roles at SunGard and Thomson Reuters, Prem has worked closely with banks, financial institutions and corporations in the APAC region. As a part of pitching fintech infrastructure solutions to these clients, he has also worked with them, in advisory capacity, on their short and long-term strategic digitization initiatives.

Prior to his experience in the FSI space, Prem was working with Cisco in San Jose for over six years. During that time, he was a member of the team that developed code for Data Center Business Unit product portfolio, including MDS, DC3 as well as Nexus family of switches. He had also worked on key strategy consulting projects within Cisco to have an overall understanding of the Cisco offering.

Prem holds an MBA degree from Carnegie Mellon University, an MS degree from University of Massachusetts and a Bachelors’ degree from IIT (Indian Institute of Technology – Madras).

After a day at work, Prem loves to come back home to his baby girl and golden doodle. In his time off, he likes travelling with his wife on humanitarian projects. A self-proclaimed movie buff and cooking enthusiast, Prem also loves playing tennis and is always ready for a good badminton challenge.

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