6. Channel Chief Changes
Cisco in October completed a three-month-long makeover of its channel executive team that according to the vendor, better positions it to lead and manage its expansive channel over the next five years.
The changes were in part structural, with the creation of the Worldwide Partner Organization (WWPO) in February out of the previously separate channel and strategic alliance organizations. They also meant new roles for some of Cisco's best-known faces: Edison Peres became senior vice president, worldwide channel organization, taking over day-to-day channel-facing duties from Keith Goodwin. Wendy Bahr, formerly the U.S. and Canada channel chief, became senior vice president of global and transformational partnerships. Jim Sheriff, formerly CEO of Cisco China, returned to the U.S. to take over Bahr's role, and then some. Dave O'Callaghan, formerly Cisco's distribution chief, assumed a new role as vice president, worldwide commercial sales. And Scott Brown, most recently vice president for worldwide sales enablement, became the new vice president of worldwide distribution.