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CRN Exclusive: Cisco Americas Sales Chief Gleeson On Her Spiritual Journey, The Power Of The Channel And Her Decision To Leave Cisco

Alison Gleeson, a 22-year Cisco veteran with a sterling reputation as an advocate for the channel, announced in late May that she would leave the company. She spoke with CRN about what led to that decision.

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What was the reaction like when you announced you were leaving?

You never truly know the impact you've had on a person until they tell you. When I told Cisco, and my partners and customers I was leaving, I did it via video because I wanted to truly speak to them. I didn't want it to be an email. I wanted to extend that gratitude and the amazing opportunity I've had together with our company for the last 22 years. When you do that and you hear back from people, you realize some of the lives you've changed, but also there's a number of people who reach out to you to talk about my next chapter and introduce new opportunities to me.

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