Cisco Rejigs Senior Management, Names New India Head

by CXOtoday News Desk    Jun 05, 2014


After going through certain instability in the senior management over the last one year or so networking major Cisco recently announced some significant changes in its senior management roles. While it was reported last month that Dinesh Malkani will take over as the India head from the company’s President and Country Manager for India & SAARC region, Jeff White, who decided to step down for personal reasons, there has been some other restructuring in the senior roles.

While Malkani’s appointment was announced officially, the new leadership team includes Amit Phadnis, President - Engineering & India Site Leader; and V C Gopalratnam (Gopal), President - Strategy, Planning and Operations, India and CIO, Asia Pacific and Japan & Greater China. 

White moved to India last year replacing Naresh Wadhwa, who had spent almost fifteen years in Cisco. Prior to taking up the new role, Malkani was Vice President, Sales, Cisco India & SAARC and in his new role, he will lead sales in India & SAARC, and will report to Irving Tan, President for Asia Pacific and Japan.

Malkani, who will drive Cisco’s government and industry associations, to drive growth and market leadership in India and SAARC, will report to Irving Tan, Cisco’s President, APeJ.

 Amit Phadnis has been appointed as the new India Site Leader will lead Cisco’s focus on innovation, ecosystem and talent development in the country. V C Gopalratnam will take on the newly created role of President of Strategy, Planning and Operations for Cisco India, in addition to his role as CIO for Asia Pacific, Japan & Greater China.  

Globally, Cisco has been strong in the switching and router space but with technology shifting towards new areas such as cloud, mobility and big data analytics, the company has embarked on a transformation game plan towards IT services and solutions. Apart from the enterprise segment, the company is using these capabilities to get deals from the Governments, one of the biggest consumers of IT.

This comes even as Cisco’s India revenue declined 18% in the first quarter of fiscal 2014. But India is not the only country to record drop in first quarter revenues. Cisco’s emerging markets business declined 21% with Brazil down 25 per cent, Mexico down 18% India down 18 per cent, China down 18 per cent and Russia down 30%.

The technology giant, which at present gets about 2% of its global revenues of over $48 billion from India, expects the number to grow to 5 per cent over the next five years on the back of growing demand for cloud and networking services.

“The India site has been at the forefront of innovation with a wealth of engineering talent and skill,” said Tan. While he believes that Cisco remains committed to the development of strong local leadership in the region, the new leadership team, with their tremendous industry experience, will lead greater integration between sales, engineering and other functions at the India site, which will ensure stronger commitment to our customers, partners and employees, he said.