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Presidio CEO Bob Cagnazzi On George Floyd’s Death: ‘Everyone Should Have The Right To Breathe Freely’

“Everyone should have the right to breathe freely,” said Cagnazzi in a Twitter post. “Everyone should have the right to freely breathe with the same privileges others enjoy. Racism in any form should not be tolerated.”

Presidio Chairman and CEO Bob Cagnazzi is lashing out at racism in America in the wake of the death of George Floyd.

“Everyone should have the right to breathe freely,” said Cagnazzi in a Twitter post. “Everyone should have the right to freely breathe with the same privileges others enjoy. Racism in any form should not be tolerated.”

Presidio’s headquarters is at One Penn Plaza in New York City, one of the places that has seen protests since the death of Floyd – an African American – on May 25 in Minneapolis.

CRN reached out to Cagnazzi but had not heard back at press time.

Floyd’s death – which has sparked nationwide protests- came after white police officer Derek Chauvin pinned him to the ground with his knee on his neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds, according to the criminal complaint for murder and manslaughter against Chauvin.

Among the executives who “liked” the Tweet by Cagnazzi, who has been at the helm of four top solution provider organizations over the last 34 years, was Cisco Vice President of Global Distribution Sales Andrew Sage, who commented: “Very proud of #Cisco for not standing idly by. Leadership is needed here, and true leaders make their position known. Black Lives Matter. #BLM and we will not tolerate racial injustice.” ‘

Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins, for his part, tweeted on May 30: “What’s happening in the U.S. is abhorrent. It’s far overdue for all of us to take action to eradicate systemic racism, xenophobia, inequality & all forms of bigotry in America. How we respond will be an important moment in our nation’s history. @Cisco will lead. #blacklivesmatter.”

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