Cisco Aus' MD Les Williamson promoted to regional job

By Brett Winterford on Jun 10, 2011 12:37 PM
Filed under Communications

Latest in a list of IT business leaders leaving the country for high-growth Asia.

Cisco Australia and New Zealand managing director Les Williamson was promoted to an Asia-Pacific role with the network company, leaving a vacancy at its Sydney head office.

Williamson, a 10-year veteran of Cisco, will look after southeast Asia including Indonesia, South Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam, as well as Australia and New Zealand. 

Cisco was yet to appoint a successor to manage Australia and New Zealand.

Williamson said he was attracted to a “mix of hyper-growth economies along with developed economies and the diversity of social and political influences” in the region.

He was the latest IT business leader to decamp to Asia.

In April, VMware Australia managing director Paul Harapin was appointed vice president of business development and cloud for the Asia Pacific and Japan. His seat in Sydney was taken by former Sun Australia boss Duncan Bennet.

In the same month, Fujitsu Australia chief executive officer Rod Vawdrey was promoted to a global role, replaced by Mike Foster. Vawdrey remained in Sydney.

Last December, Microsoft Australia managing director Tracey Fellows shifted to Singapore to take on the role of Area vice president for Asia-Pacific.

In a recent promotional video for Microsoft, Fellows described the region as “fantastic” and “exciting”.

“What really strikes me about Asia Pacific is the vibrancy of our markets – and the diversity of culture, language and religion, and the diversity of business that brings,” she said.

“I think Asia Pac is a fantastic area to be – a chance for you as leaders to grow, to be bold, to be real entrepreneurs and try some new things in frontier markets.”

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