Cisco India announced the appointment of Puneet Gupta as senior vice president to drive strategy and sales for its public sector business. In this role, Gupta will primarily focus on driving growth in key segments that include e-governance, defense and homeland security, and strategic infrastructure projects in central and state governments. Based in Delhi, he will report to Janesh Moorjani, president, Enterprise and Public Sector, India & SAARC.
“Cisco has been the trusted partner for key national and state-wide projects in India and has a successful history of collaboration with central and state governments and public sector organisations. With its strong portfolio and deep sector expertise, Cisco can play a critical role to help citizens and governments connect, improve safety and security and enhance productivity within public sector organisations. We’re confident that Puneet, through his extensive experience and expertise in this segment, will play a significant role in taking our strategy and relationships, to the next level,” said Moorjani.
Speaking on his new role, Gupta said, “India has been making rapid strides in adopting technology for better governance. The breadth of Cisco’s technology solutions positions us strongly to help support the country’s aspirations and contribute towards driving inclusive growth and development across India and I’m truly excited to be joining Cisco at this juncture.”
Puneet has over 19 years of experience and has worked with IT majors such as IBM and Wipro, amongst others. He spent over 14 years at IBM in a variety of roles, including leading their Public Sector business in India and South Asia. Under his leadership, the team focused on strategic Mission Mode Projects of Government of India as well as key infrastructure projects in defense and homeland security. Most recently, he spent a year at a young startup in the video conferencing space, where he led their global sales and marketing activities.
Puneet holds a Bachelor of Technology (BTech) degree in Mechanical Engineering from Institute of Technology, Benaras Hindu University (IT-BHU), Varanasi and an MBA from Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore.