Cisco taps insider to run local operations

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Cisco has appointed Garsen Naidu as country manager for its South African operations.
Cisco has appointed Garsen Naidu as country manager for its South African operations.

Networking solutions company Cisco has appointed Garsen Naidu as country manager for its South African operations.

In a statement, Cisco states Naidu has been with the company for eight years, with his most recent position being head of the partner and system engineering organisations for Sub-Saharan Africa.

“Garsen has led our partner and system engineering division for two years now, with a sales team that is focused on unearthing partnerships that enhance the digital transformation journeys of Cisco customers," says Clayton Naidoo, general manager for Sub-Saharan Africa at Cisco.

“His ability to deliver customer-centric technology solutions, his inherent technology talent, and his aptitude for solving complex problems has made him a valuable member of our team, and I am excited for him to now head up our SA operations. Cisco strongly believes in promoting from within first and our other recent senior leadership appointments are also testament to this.”

Naidu started out as a software development engineer in the aerospace industry.

In 2011, he joined Cisco as an account manager, and was soon appointed as client executive in 2012. He was then promoted to regional sales manager for public sector and enterprise solutions in 2014. 

Speaking about his appointment, he states: “This is a wonderful opportunity for me and I look forward to helping Cisco leverage the opportunities that lie ahead for FY20, while aligning our local priorities and vision to Cisco globally. This will ensure we deliver the very best solutions to our customers here in SA.”

Naidu holds an MBA (with distinction) from GIBS and has a BSc in Engineering – Electrical – Information Systems and a Diploma in Electrical Engineering.

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