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New Cisco kid predicts massive growth

New Cisco kid predicts massive growth

Cisco Australia's new managing director, Terry Walsh, officially assumed the post last week and indicated the company will maintain an aggressive focus on growth across all business units.

In particular, Walsh said Cisco's Australian service provider and small-to-medium business units are capable of up to 100 per cent growth, year on year.

Walsh returned from his final round of interviews in the US last week, commenting that he is "very excited" about the role which ends weeks of speculation about former MD Gary Jackson's successor. "It's a successful team that's going at a million miles an hour," he said.

After working with the company for four years he told ARN: "I've always had the view I'd like to run it."

Walsh was previously general manager of Cisco's service provider group.

Cisco Australia also announced last week the formation of its "Asia Pacific Theatre", headed up by Richard Freemantle, who has been promoted to senior vice president, Asia Pacific Theatre, at the Sydney headquarters.

This division of the company combines the resources of Cisco operations in Australia/New Zealand and Asia.

Cisco's regional restructure sees the company split into three regions: China, Asia (consisting of Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thai-land, and Vietnam), and ANZ (Australia and New Zealand).

Phil Belcher's post as director of Cisco's enterprise line of business for Asia Pacific was also formalised last week.

Other promotions include Todd Abbott as the Singapore-based managing director for the Asian region, and Jia-Bin Duh as the Beijing-based managing director for the China region.

The new Asia Pacific Theatre boasts close to 1000 staff, which the com- pany claims contribute to more than 10 per cent of Cisco Systems' worldwide revenues.


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