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Google Cloud Nabs Former Cisco Security Leader Jeff Reed

Jeff Reed, Cisco’s former SVP and GM of cloud and network security for its security business, has jumped to Google.

Google has a new vice president of product for its Anthos business: Jeff Reed.

Reed, a tech executive with nearly two decades of experience, most recently served as senior vice president and general manager of cloud and network security for tech giant Cisco’s Security Business and before that, senior vice president of product for Cisco Security.

Google Cloud confirmed Reed’s appointment to CRN on Monday.

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Google in 2019 released Anthos, its hybrid cloud platform and rebrand of the Google Cloud Services platform, with a new emphasis on deploying workloads seamlessly across clouds. Today, Anthos allows software developers and operators to modernize existing applications and build cloud-native apps anywhere to promote agility and cost savings, according to Mountain View, Calif.-based Google.

In his new role, Reed will be focused on in and outbound product management for Google Anthos, as well as user experience and design, according to the tech veteran’s LinkedIn.

During his time with Cisco, Reed held several senior positions over the last ten years including overseeing product management for Cisco’s $16 billion enterprise networking business. Before his time with Cisco, Reed held senior director and vice president positions at security firm Symantec, overseeing business development and product management. Reed also served as president and co-founder of an e-commerce startup venture, bestoffer.com.

Reed isn’t the only ex-Cisco employee that Google Cloud has picked up in recent years. Longtime Cisco channel leader Nirav Sheth joined Google Cloud in November 2019 as its director of ISV marketplace and partner sales.  

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