Cisco Appoints New President and Chairman for Asia Pacific, Japan & Greater China

January 08, 2021 - 10:25
Cisco Appoints New President and Chairman for Asia Pacific, Japan & Greater China

SINGAPORE - MediaOutReach - 8 January 2021 - Cisco,the worldwide technology leader, today announced the appointment of Dave West as the new President, and Irving Tan as Chairmanfor its Asia Pacific, Japan and Greater China business.


Daveis taking over from Miyuki Suzuki who has decided to retire after anillustrious career spanning nearly four decades. Dave has been with Cisco for20 years and held various leadership roles during that period. Most recently,he was the Head of Cisco Japan, where he launched the Japan CountryDigitization initiative, built important strategic alliances with key Japanesecompanies, and drove sustained growth in one of the most strategic markets inthe region.


Priorto that, Dave held global leadership roles in Cisco, including leadingworldwide Enterprise Networking and Security sales. He has also led Cisco'stechnology business in Asia-Pacific and Japan and served as the ChiefTechnology Officer for the region. Dave has spearheaded various keyinitiatives, designed and implemented innovative go-to-market models, and ledmulti-year digital transformations for customers.


Irvingis moving back to Singapore after spending three years in the US where he wasthe ExecutiveVice President and Chief of Operations. During his time runningOperations, Irving led an incredible transformation and managed effectively andgracefully through several global challenges -- most recently leading many ofCisco's pandemic response efforts.


Before moving to the US, Irving held multipleleadership roles in Asia Pacific, Japan and Greater China, including leadingthe region. He grew the business consistently during his four-year tenure andadvanced Cisco's position as one of the most trusted IT partner for companies. Irving willpartner with Dave and his leadership team on special projects to drive growthacross the region.


Commentingon his appointment, Dave West said: "We are witnessing a major shift in the waybusinesses operate with technology driving the change. Home to some of thefastest growing and diverse economies in the world, Asia is leading the chargeon this front. As a global leader in networking, collaboration, andcybersecurity, we are committed to working with our customers and partners to acceleratetheir digital transformation so they are ready for the future and can fullyleverage the growth opportunities that are opening up. I am delighted to begiven the opportunity to lead our business in this dynamic region and amlooking forward to building on our success".  


"Duringhis 20 years at Cisco, most recently as the head of Japan, Dave hasdemonstrated a strong understanding of the region, a great talent forrecognizing and maximizing market trends and transitions, and the ability tomotivate teams and drive growth. He's the right leader at the right time. I amdelighted that Irving is taking on the role of Chairman for APJC. Hisexperience on the Executive Leadership Team, and as a former leader of APJC,will be invaluable to our efforts to drive sustained growth in the region."said Gerri Elliott, Executive Vice President and Chief Sales and MarketingOfficer at Cisco. "I also want to thank Miyuki for herimmeasurable contributions to our customers, partners, and teams, and to mepersonally. She's a tremendous leader, leaves a great legacy behind, and I'mlooking forward to partnering with Dave to build on that great foundation."


Currentlybased in Tokyo, Dave will relocate to Cisco's Asia Pacific, Japan and GreaterChina headquarters in Singapore.  

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