Cisco today announced Ben Dawson will be the company’s new Vice President for Australia and New Zealand, replacing Ken Boal who was promoted to Cisco’s regional software and services lead last week.

Dawson returns to Australia after five years in th US, where he led Webscale Sales, managing Cisco’s global relationship with tech giants like Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Apple and Facebook.

Dawson, who has been at Cisco for 22 years, takes over the Australia and New Zealand business beginning in January 2021.

Ben Dawson, incoming Cisco vice president for Australia and New Zealand. Image: supplied.

“I’m excited to return home and apply the experience gained from Silicon Valley to accelerate the adoption of Cisco’s new innovations in support of our customers’ digitisation efforts,” Dawson said in a statement.

“Australia and New Zealand have a great history of innovation across industry and government and I look forward to leading the Cisco Australia & New Zealand team in its next chapter.”

Dawson said he expects to transfer the lessons he learned in Silicon Valley to the local market and Australia and New Zealand has a chance to develop “new sources of differentiation at a global scale”.

“The network has never been more important in enabling a hybrid approach to cloud and software. Supporting our customers to continue to accelerate their digital-first strategies with speed, security and agility will be key.”

Boal gets APAC role

Dawson takes over from Ken Boal, who Cisco promoted to APAC Japan and China Software and Services boss last week.

“It’s been an honour to lead Cisco in Australia and New Zealand for almost 8 years,” Boal said last week. “Our ANZ customers and partners are early adopters of technology and it has been great to support and accelerate Australia & New Zealand’s digitisation. Cisco’s technology and business model is rapidly evolving, and I look forward to leading these changes across the region.

“I am very proud of our team and accomplishments, including achieving the number one employer in Australia awarded by Great Place to Work, and engaging with government and industry to advance Australia’s digital readiness.”

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