Daisy Chittilapilly to lead Cisco India, SAARC as President

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Bangalore: Cisco has announced the appointment of Daisy Chittilapilly as the new President of India and SAARC. Chittilapilly has been elevated to the new role replacing Sameer Garde, who recently announced his decision to join the social sector after four years at Cisco.

Chittilapilly has over 25 years of experience in the technology industry. For the past 17 years, she has been working at Cisco and has held leadership roles. At Cisco, Chittilapilly has a proven track record of transforming operations and cultures to drive growth at scale.

As President of Cisco India and SAARC, she will be responsible for strategy and sales, operations, and investments to drive long-term growth in the region. She will start her new role on 1 August 2021, which also marks the beginning of Cisco’s new financial year.

Chittilapilly most recently was leading Cisco’s Digital Transformation Office as Managing Director, where she worked with customers to capture and scale opportunities emerging in the digital world. In addition, as the leader of Software & Services Sales, she worked with partners to accelerate Cisco’s transition towards software and subscription-based offerings.

“Daisy’s appointment comes at a time when Cisco is looking at India and SAARC as an engine of innovation and growth. With businesses across the region looking to capture the economic rebound, her wealth of experience and knowledge in digitally enabling organisations and developing Cisco’s go-to-market strategies around software and services will help propel Cisco, our customers, and partners to the forefront of the digital economy,” said Dave West, President, Cisco Asia Pacific, Japan and Greater China.

“I am excited about the possibilities we can shape for India’s people and businesses, and I look forward to working closely with our customers, partners, communities, and the government to bring these possibilities to life,” said Daisy Chittilapilly, President, Cisco India and SAARC.

Before joining Cisco, Chittilapilly worked with Wipro Limited across multiple sales management roles. She also serves as Co-Chair on the FICCI National Committee for Artificial Intelligence and Digital Transformation and is an advisory board member of the non-profit ‘Dragonflies Everywhere’.

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