06 October, 2013

Cisco Appoints Mike Weston as Vice President for Middle East and Turkey

Mike Weston, vice president, Middle East and Turkey, Cisco

Mike Weston, vice president, Middle East and Turkey, Cisco

Cisco Bolsters Leadership to Drive Regional Opportunities and Growth

Dubai, United Arab Emirates - October 6th, 2013: Cisco today announced the appointment of Mike Weston as Vice President (VP) for its Middle East and Turkey operations. This newly created role reinforces Cisco's commitment to and confidence in the region, which represents a significant global growth opportunity for the company. Weston's responsibilities will encompass Cisco's business operations across Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the Gulf, Levant and Turkey. He will report directly to Duncan Mitchell, Cisco's Senior Vice President for the Emerging Theater.

Weston joins Cisco after more than 14 years with strategic partner, IBM and brings a wealth of experience in three areas critical to Cisco's future success in the region - data center, software and services. He has significant knowledge and understanding of how to lead successful business operations in both major and growth geographical markets. Mike has a real passion for customer success, which will be his primary focus.

At IBM, Weston held the position of VP since 2007, most recently as VP, Global ITS Sales for the Global Technical Services division. He also worked in the company's Software Group Division. Prior to IBM, Weston held a Data Centre senior leadership position for a large financial institution in the United Kingdom, before moving into software sales with CA.  He began his career as a professional football player for Coventry City in the United Kingdom. He has worked and lived in Dubai, UAE for the last five years with his wife and two children.

Executive Quotes: Duncan Mitchell, senior vice president, Cisco Emerging Theater
"Mike is a real asset to Cisco's leadership team in our Emerging Theater and 1 am confident in his ability to build on Cisco's significant and successful operations in the region, as well as his leadership to take our business to the next level. We have a highly skilled, professional and talented team committed to the success of the region, our customers and our partners. His breadth of technology experience will be invaluable as we continue to implement life changing networks."

Mike Weston, vice president, Middle East and Turkey
"I am delighted to be joining Cisco during an extremely exciting market transition - the Internet of Everything (IoE), an era where the Internet has the potential to dramatically improve the lives of everyone on our planet. The business value to be gained through the Internet of Everything presents an incredible opportunity for technology growth and innovation. I look forward to working with the team to help accelerate Cisco's growth by supporting our employees, customers and partners throughout the region." 

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