Cisco New Regional Leadership in Africa

Pim Versteeg joins Cisco as Vice President for Cisco’s Africa Levant Region

December 6, 2010

Pim Versteeg joins Cisco as Vice President for Cisco’s Africa Levant Region

Cisco today announced executive changes in the Africa Levant region in support of the company’s growth strategy. Yvon Le Roux, previously Vice President covering Cisco’s Africa Levant Region for the past two and a half years is taking on a new role as Global Vice President for Cisco’s Smart and Connected Communities. Pim Versteeg joins Cisco from Juniper to assume the role of the new Vice President, for Cisco’s Africa Levant region, with a mandate to drive the regions next phase of growth and expansion.

During his time as leader of Cisco’s Africa and Levant regions, Yvon Le Roux built a solid foundation. He was instrumental in attaining growth, revamping the management team and developing a strategy for the future of the region.  As the new Vice President for the region, Versteeg inherits responsibility for  developing as well as executing the strategies that will help countries in this region to further successfully implement technology  to  help improve the lives of their citizens in terms of better healthcare provision, education, infrastructure and economic development.

Highlights / Key Facts:
•    Prior to joining Cisco Versteeg was Vice President and Managing Director EMEA Emerging Markets of Juniper Networks. The role included overall responsibility for running a business unit of more than 200 people delivering annual revenues in excess of US $400m.
•    During his tenure at Juniper, which started in 2004, Versteeg demonstrated an innovative strategic approach that enabled the firm to consistently capture critical market-share. This legacy of consistent high growth and leadership led to Versteeg’s role being rapidly expanded from his original remit of leading the Northern Europe and Benelux region where the team achieved a ten-fold increase in sales revenue with him at the helm.
•    Pim has over 25 years of management experience, 12 years of which have been spent in the IT industry. This covered a range of technological and commercial positions, working with organisations such as Nortel Networks and Carrier 1 International. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science and a degree in Business Administration.
•    Pim will be based out of his native city of Amsterdam, yet will have a significant presence in the vast and opportunity-rich countries that constitute our Central Region.