Cisco has appointed Ben Dawson as Vice President for Australia and New Zealand (ANZ).

Dawson has been with Cisco for 22 years and is returning to Australia after spending five years in the US, leading Cisco’s efforts as Vice President of Webscale Sales. In this role he was responsible for the global relationship with many of the largest tech companies including Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Apple and Facebook. He will be returning home to lead all aspects of Cisco’s Australia and New Zealand business, commencing in January 2021.

Dawson will take over from Ken Boal who is transitioning to lead Cisco’s Asia Pacific Japan & China (APJC) Software and Services business.

Ben Dawson said of his appointment to the Vice President of Cisco Australia & New Zealand:

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with some of the most innovative companies that have transformed not only how we think about technology, but how it can be applied to transform industries and entire economies. Exploiting these shifts presents a real opportunity for organisations in Australia & New Zealand to find 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.”

“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. 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 has spent his career leading teams through key technology transitions; and has been influential in shaping Cisco’s business in strategic growth areas and new business models. His efforts focussed on meeting the unique needs of the world’s largest web and cloud players, who are redefining the meaning of innovation at scale. He has operated in both the US and Australia.

Dawson is committed to Cisco’s conscious culture, and is proud to join the ANZ team which was recently  announced as the #1 Best Place to Work in 2020 by Great Place to Work.

Prior to Cisco, Ben worked in sales with systems integrators and telcos. He holds a degree in International Trade from Monash University, Melbourne.

Cisco is excited to welcome Ben back to Australia, and the ANZ team.


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