Cisco names Daisy Chittilapilly as president, India & SAARC

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Daisy Chittilapilly has been named the new president, India and SAARC Operations, Cisco. The tech veteran with over 25 years of experience, including 17 years in leadership roles at Cisco will succeed Sameer Garde and will take over the charge from August 1.

As per the networking major, Cisco, Chittilapilly has a “proven track record” of transforming operation and cultures to drive growth at scale. She will take care of strategy and sales, operations and investments to drive long-term growth in the region.

At present, she is working as the Managing Director for Cisco’s digital transformation office. Being that post, Chittilapilly has worked with customers to capture and scale opportunities arising in the digital world.

Cisco has several women leaders driving the organisation to scale greater heights. Some of these include Padmasree Warrior who made the chief technology officer (CTO) between 2008 and 2015. Further, in March this year, Fran Katsoudas was assigned the role of chief people, policy and purpose officer and Maria Martinez was made chief operating officer (COO). Also, Liz Centoni has been assigned the charge of the chief strategy officer.

Dave West, president, Cisco Asia Pacific, Japan and Greater China, said, “Chittilapilly’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 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.”

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