Cisco Australia's charismatic leader, Gary Jackson, is leaving his post as the country's managing director and moving to Singapore.
A Cisco spokesperson yesterday confirmed Jackson decided last Friday to accept a promotion to the position of Asia-Pacific director, service provider line of business.
Jackson is set to assume the role from August and will be based in Cisco's Singapore office. The spokesperson said the promotion represents a good career opportunity, describing the one-year-old service provider unit as "critical for the organisation".
Jackson will replace the former service provider head, Bill Nuti, who recently accepted a promotion to become senior vice president for Cisco's entire European operations.
A successor to Jackson's Australian post has not yet been announced; however, the spokesperson indicated the company is moving quickly to fill the gap.
Jackson joined Cisco Australia in January 1997 to replace Scott Ferguson, cementing his reputation as one of the networking industry's most powerful people.
Prior to Cisco, Jackson spent two years at Sybase as MD after running Microsoft's Australian operations.
It was Jackson's departure from Microsoft that saw him receive the nickname "nine holes" after a dispute over corporate sponsorship.
Jackson could not be contacted by ARN Daily's deadline for comment.