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Wendy Mars

Senior Vice President

President - Cisco EMEAR

Wendy Mars is President of Cisco’s Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia region (EMEAR). Wendy is responsible for Cisco’s growth, business and operations across the EMEAR region. Her focus is on driving strategies which deliver on customers’ digital and sustainability transformation requirements and which help to close the digital divide. The region delivers over $12bn annually and represents more than a quarter of Cisco’s revenue. In her previous roles at Cisco, Wendy has led the Partner, Enterprise and Technology teams for EMEAR. Wendy is a passionate supporter of greater diversity in business. She specialises in creating high-performing teams that are grounded in a strong sense of common purpose, a focus on results and holding each other accountable. She is driving initiatives that promote greater inclusion and is the Executive Sponsor of Cisco’s Connected Women community. She understands the talent and skills challenges facing the technology industry and firmly believes in promoting education in digital skills as a driver of transformation and differentiation. Prior to joining Cisco, Wendy was the Global CTO at ThruPoint for 11 years, working primarily with its enterprise and service provider customers. She began her career at Morgan Stanley, where she lived abroad working on a variety of IT programmes in Europe, the US and Asia. Originally from the North of England, Wendy now lives in London and in her spare time loves walking, wildlife and nature. She has a BEng(H) in Electronic Engineering from York University and an MSc in Operational Research from Lancaster University.

Articles

July 12, 2021

EXECUTIVE PLATFORM

Gaia-X: Partnering for Europe’s digital future

The European Gaia-X initiative brings together leaders from government, business and science to develop a federated ecosystem of cloud, data services and data spaces, elevating Europeans’ rights and interests in line with GDPR. Cisco is proud to be part of the Gaia-X journey, driven by transparency, privacy, inter-operability and open standards.

July 7, 2021

EXECUTIVE PLATFORM

Your employees are ready for hybrid working. Are you?

Whether your business is preparing to return to the office full-time, or letting people work from home indefinitely, we know that employees want the flexibility to decide how and where to work. Cisco EMEAR President, Wendy Mars, lays out 5 topics to help managers prepare for a hybrid working environment.

June 8, 2021

EXECUTIVE PLATFORM

Offering EU Data Residency with the New Webex

Cisco is announcing the all-new Cisco Webex Suite for rich, interactive hybrid work experiences. Privacy and security are always top of mind for the hybrid workforce, so Cisco Webex is built on industry-leading security. We now enable all European customers, from both the public and private sectors, to store and process their Webex data in the European Union (EU).

Driving an inclusive recovery: How can Europe secure a digital and sustainable future for all?

History will show that 2020 was the year when digitisation truly became a reality. Wendy Mars, President Cisco EMEAR, highlights the three areas of action needed to build an inclusive recovery: connectivity, sustainability and skills.

March 16, 2021

EDUCATION

Future voices – education needs in the 21st Century

To meet education needs in the 21st century, we expect that a hybrid model will become the norm as staff and students look for flexibility and choice.

Pivot to Thrive

There’s no doubt that life has been tough and we have all had to find our own ways of coping with a different way of living. How do we find ways to move from just about coping to thriving in this environment?

December 16, 2020

EXECUTIVE PLATFORM

Making green and digital transitions work together for Europe’s recovery

At Cisco, we are ready to work with governments, customers and partner on achieving objectives both in limiting our own impact on climate change but also in enabling the move of other industries towards sustainability. 

November 17, 2020

EXECUTIVE PLATFORM

Reimagining the future of healthcare

Exploring the future of healthcare—including telehealth and virtual consultations, data and regulation, as well as business continuity.

October 20, 2020

EXECUTIVE PLATFORM

Reimagining how work gets done

The global pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges to all parts of our lives and people are starting to reimagine how work might change.