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BENGALURU : Networking major Cisco has appointed Daisy Chittilapilly as president, India and Saarc operations. A tech veteran with over 25 years of experience, including 17 years in leadership roles at Cisco, she will replace Sameer Garde, who has decided to join the social sector after four years at Cisco. She will step into her new role from 1 August.

Chittilapilly has a “proven track record" of transforming operation and cultures to drive growth at scale, Cisco said. She will be responsible for strategy and sales, operations and investments to drive long-term growth in the region.

Most recently, Chittilapilly was the managing director for Cisco’s digital transformation office, where she worked with customers to capture and scale opportunities emerging in the digital world.

The company has had several women in leadership roles, such as Padmasree Warrior who was the chief technology officer between 2008 and 2015. In March, Fran Katsoudas was promoted as the chief people, policy and purpose officer. Maria Martinez was named its chief operating officer and Liz Centoni the chief strategy officer.

“Chittilapilly’s appointment comes at a time when Cisco is looking at India and Saarc as an engine of innovation and growth. With businesses across the region looking to capture the economic rebound, her experience and knowledge in digitally enabling organizations and developing Cisco’s go-to-market strategies around software and services will help propel Cisco, our customers, and partners to the forefront of the digital economy," said Dave West, president, Cisco Asia Pacific, Japan and Greater China.

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