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Cisco names new VP for Middle East and Africa

David Meads, Cisco
David Meads, Cisco

Cisco has appointed David Meads as vice president for its Middle East and Africa operations.

Meads, in this newly created role, will oversee the execution of the firm’s strategy in these two regions, ensuring it maintains its momentum at the forefront of digital transformation efforts.

As digital adoption gathers pace in the Middle East and Africa, the new geographical set up under Meads will allow for greater synergies, relevancy and sharing of best practices across the two regions, said the firm.

“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 prioritisation of digitisation 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 organisations 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 Mead’s caliber at the helm to spearhead our strategy and support customers along their digitisation journey. One of his 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,” added Paalvast.

Cisco has longstanding government partnerships across the Middle East and Africa, including a Country Digitisation Acceleration (CDA) programme with Saudi Arabia, with several other similar programmes 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 Meads. “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.”



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