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Dave West and Irving Tan Joins Cisco

By CIOReview | Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Cisco announces Dave West's appointment as its President, and Irving Tan as Chairman for its Asia Pacific, Japan, and China business.

FREMONT, CA: Cisco, the technology leader, announces the appointment of Dave West as the President, and Irving Tan as Chairman for the Asia Pacific, Japan, and China business. Dave has been with Cisco for about 20 years and held several leadership responsibilities during that period. He was the Head of Cisco Japan. He released the Japan Country Digitization initiative, developed important strategic alliances with Japanese firms, and drove growth in one of the region's most strategic markets.

Before that, Dave held global leadership roles in Cisco, including worldwide Enterprise Networking and Security sales. He has also headed Cisco's technology business in Asia-Pacific and Japan and served as the region's Chief Technology Officer. Dave has leaded various key initiatives, designed and deployed innovative go-to-market models, and led multi-year digital transformations for clients.

Irving is moving to Singapore after spending three years in the US. During his time running Operations, Irving headed a transformation and managed effectively and gracefully through several hurdles, recently leading many of Cisco's pandemic response initiatives. Before moving to the US, Irving held several leadership roles in the Asia Pacific, Japan, and China, including leading the region. He grew the business continually during his four-year tenure, and advanced Cisco's position as a trusted IT partner for firms. Irving will collaborate with Dave and his leadership team on projects to drive growth across the region.

As a leader in networking, collaboration, and cybersecurity, the company is committed to working with its customers and partners to scale their digital transformation. Hence, they are ready for the future and can leverage the growth opportunities that are sprouting.

During his 20 years at Cisco, recently as the head of Japan, Dave has illustrated an understanding of the area, a great talent for realizing and maximizing market trends and transitions, and the potential to motivate teams and drive growth. He is the apt leader at the right time. The company is delighted that Irving is taking on the role of Chairman for APJC.  Presently based in Tokyo, Dave will relocate to Cisco's Asia Pacific, Japan, and Greater China headquarters in Singapore.