Cisco ap­points David Meads Vice Pres­i­dent for Mid­dle East, Africa

Kuwait Times - - TECHNOLOGY -

Cisco yes­ter­day an­nounced the ap­point­ment of David Meads as Vice Pres­i­dent for its Mid­dle East and Africa op­er­a­tions. In the cur­rent era of dig­i­tal dis­rup­tion, Meads, in this newly cre­ated role, will over­see the ex­e­cu­tion of Cisco’s strat­egy in th­ese two re­gions, en­sur­ing the tech­nol­ogy leader main­tains its mo­men­tum at the fore­front of dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion ef­forts. As dig­i­tal adop­tion gath­ers pace in the Mid­dle East and Africa, the new ge­o­graph­i­cal setup un­der Meads will al­low for greater syn­er­gies, rel­e­vancy and shar­ing of best prac­tices across the two re­gions.

“David Meads’ ap­point­ment to lead Cisco’s busi­ness in the Mid­dle East and Africa comes at a time of tremen­dous po­ten­tial for the re­gion to reap the ben­e­fits of dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion, sup­ported by the pri­or­i­ti­za­tion of dig­i­ti­za­tion in both gov­ern­ment and busi­ness agen­das,” said Ed­win Paal­vast, Pres­i­dent, Cisco EMEAR. With more than 30 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence in the IT in­dus­try, Meads joined Cisco in 1996 and was most re­cently Cisco’s Vice Pres­i­dent for Africa, where he was re­spon­si­ble for part­ner­ing with or­ga­ni­za­tions across the con­ti­nent to help them im­ple­ment strate­gies to un­lock the full po­ten­tial of the dig­i­tal era.

Over the years he has de­vel­oped a rep­u­ta­tion as a trusted ad­vi­sor to en­ter­prises and gov­ern­ments, part­ner­ing with them to de­liver com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tages and ef­fi­cien­cies gained by adopt­ing dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies. Meads will be based in Dubai, Cisco’s hub for the Mid­dle East. “As we deepen the com­mit­ment to the re­gion, we’re ex­cited to have some­one of David’s cal­iber at the helm to spear­head our strat­egy and sup­port cus­tomers along their dig­i­ti­za­tion jour­ney. One of David’s pri­or­i­ties will be help­ing Cisco’s cus­tomers and part­ners cre­ate value in a highly con­nected, dig­i­tal world, while en­abling greater re­spon­sive­ness to emerg­ing mar­ket and cus­tomer needs,” con­cluded Paal­vast.

Cisco has long­stand­ing gov­ern­ment part­ner­ships across the Mid­dle East and Africa, in­clud­ing a Coun­try Dig­i­ti­za­tion Ac­cel­er­a­tion (CDA) pro­gram with Saudi Ara­bia, with sev­eral other sim­i­lar pro­grams in the pipe­line. In ad­di­tion, Cisco is work­ing closely with rel­e­vant gov­ern­ment en­ti­ties in the re­gion on mul­ti­ple ini­tia­tives that sup­port IT skills train­ing and ed­u­ca­tion, as well as the devel­op­ment of en­trepreneur­ship, busi­ness and in­no­va­tion ecosys­tems. “I look for­ward to tak­ing on the ad­di­tional re­spon­si­bil­ity of a fast-evolv­ing, dy­namic re­gion and to work­ing with the phe­nom­e­nal team we have in place,” said David Meads, Vice Pres­i­dent, Cisco Mid­dle East and Africa.

He added, “Com­bined, the Mid­dle East and Africa re­gion has the world’s youngest de­mo­graphic and presents a sig­nif­i­cant mar­ket op­por­tu­nity, where new busi­ness mod­els and in­no­va­tive tech­nol­ogy adop­tion are ad­dress­ing unique mar­ket needs. Cisco’s ex­pan­sive port­fo­lio al­lows us to part­ner with our cus­tomers and sup­port their dig­i­tal jour­ney.” A vet­eran busi­ness leader, David Meads has rich sales lead­er­ship and gen­eral man­age­ment cre­den­tials. He has held var­i­ous lead­er­ship po­si­tions within Cisco, in­clud­ing a three year stint as Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor for South Africa, based in Jo­han­nes­burg. Dur­ing this time, he achieved ex­cep­tional lev­els of em­ployee en­gage­ment within the or­ga­ni­za­tion and helped the coun­try de­velop its e-skills ini­tia­tive, aimed at har­ness­ing the power of tech­nol­ogy for in­clu­sive so­cio-eco­nomic devel­op­ment.

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