Cisco appoints new President & Chairman for APJ, China

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Singapore: Cisco appointed Dave West as the new President, and Irving Tan as Chairman for its Asia Pacific, Japan and China business.

Dave West will takeover from Cisco veteran Miyuki Suzuki. Suzuki after spending nearly four decades at Cisco has decided to retire. West has held various leadership roles during his 20 years tenure at Cisco.

Most recently, West was the Head of Cisco Japan, where he launched the Japan Country Digitisation initiative. He built important strategic alliances with key Japanese companies and drove sustained growth in the Japanese market.

Prior to that, West held global leadership roles in Cisco, including leading worldwide Enterprise Networking and Security sales.

He has also led Cisco’s technology business in Asia-Pacific and Japan and served as the CTO for the region. West has spearheaded various key initiatives, designed and implemented innovative go-to-market models, and led multi-year digital transformations for customers.

Irving Tan is moving back to Singapore after spending three years in the US where he was the EVP and Chief of Operations.

During his time running Operations, Tan led an incredible transformation and managed effectively and gracefully through several global challenges — most recently leading many of Cisco’s pandemic response efforts.

Before moving to the US, Tan held multiple leadership roles in APJ and China, including leading the region. He grew the business consistently during his four-year tenure. And strengthened Cisco’s position as one of the most trusted IT partners for companies.

Tan Irving will partner with West and his leadership team on special projects to drive growth across the region.

“We are witnessing a major shift in the way businesses operate with technology driving the change. Home to some of the fastest growing and diverse economies in the world, Asia is leading the charge on this front,” said Dave West.

“I am delighted to be given the opportunity to lead our business in this dynamic region and am looking forward to building on our success,” added West. Currently based in Tokyo, West will relocate to Cisco’s APJ and China headquarters in Singapore.

“During his 20 years at Cisco, most recently as the head of Japan, Dave has demonstrated a strong understanding of the region, a great talent for recognising and maximizing market trends and transitions, and the ability to motivate teams and drive growth,” said Gerri Elliott, EVP and Chief Sales and Marketing Officer – Cisco.

“I am delighted that Irving is taking on the role of Chairman for APJC. His experience 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,” added Elliott.

“I also want to thank Miyuki for her immeasurable contributions to our customers, partners, and teams, and to me personally,” mentioned Elliott.

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