Speakers

Speakers

Jeremy Aston

Jeremy Aston
Senior Director, Software Strategy and Operations
Cisco

Jeremy Aston is part of the Software Operating Office and is responsible for developing Cisco’s software business strategy and aligning resources and capabilities to accelerate growth of Cisco’s software businesses. His focus includes go to market, operations, management, consumption models, licensing, and entitlement programs.

Aston has more than 18 years of experience in the IT industry, with a strong background in partner success planning, and executing Cisco’s sales strategy in new markets and business models. He has experience in software, licensing, SaaS, and storage as well as operations, strategy, and sales management leadership. Prior to joining the Software Operations Office, he served as Sales Director for Cisco’s Commercial Select business, responsible for leading sales engagements with partners, and representing Cisco’s Portfolio into mid-market, enterprise, and public sector customers. Prior to working at Cisco, Aston spent time at EMC and Lanier Worldwide.

Aston holds a B.A. degree from University of Utah. In his spare time, he enjoys surfing, running, and traveling with his wife and two daughters. He is a member of the Surfrider Foundation, dedicated to the protection of the ocean waves, and beaches.

Kevin Bloch

Kevin Bloch
Chief Technology Officer
Cisco

“My job is to communicate our technology vision in ways that inspire our customers to create value by leveraging technology and digitisation”

Kevin is privileged to lead the strategy and technology direction in Australia and New Zealand for a world-class business. With the team, Kevin shapes Cisco's strategy to enable its customers to create value based on the technology platforms they build and the transformations they undertake. As CTO, Kevin spends a lot of time listening to business and technology leaders both externally and internally within Cisco. As Cisco touches so many parts of the global technology industry and market, it places him in a fantastic position to see what’s coming down the track and most importantly, to share what is possible, from Cisco’s perspective.

Before joining Cisco 15 years ago, Kevin held senior positions with other telecommunications equipment manufacturers, systems integrators and service providers. Kevin is the author of six technical reference books.

Kevin Bloch

Jason Brouwers
Director, Partner Business Group, Australia and
New Zealand, Cisco

Jason is responsible for the overall strategic direction and leadership of the Cisco Australia and New Zealand Partner Organisation. He leads a dedicated team that develops the initiatives and programs that strive to increase profitable growth for partners across enterprise, public sector, service provider and commercial.

Jason is known for driving a transformational agenda, which includes an expansion of the Cisco Partner Ecosystem to include application and new services/consulting partners. His team is focused on ensuring all partners are enabled with the right capabilities and skills to meet customers' evolving needs, while accelerating market transitions, such as cloud, mobility, IoE, cybersecurity and enterprise collaboration.

In Jason's 15 years at Cisco he has held a diverse range of sales and leadership roles. His roles have included Business Development, Service Provider Account Management, Enterprise Account Management and a Northern Region leadership role in the Commercial business.

Prior to Cisco, Jason worked at Optus for 5 years – in contact centre consulting, business analyst and project management roles.

Jason lives in Sydney and is married with 3 children. His interests include photography and building guitars.

Ken Boal

Ken Boal
Vice President, Australia and New Zealand
Cisco

Ken Boal is the Vice President of Cisco Australia and New Zealand. Boal's responsibility is to drive profitable growth and market leadership through the innovative use of technologies and services that help our customers solve their biggest business problems. He is driven to helping customers and partners take advantage of market transitions such as Internet of Everything, cloud, video and mobility, to increase productivity and create competitive advantage through new, sustainable business models.

Boal is well known for his experience in building a vision, strategy and execution plan to further advance Cisco's relationships and business relevance with customers, partners and government, while accelerating market adoption of Cisco solutions and services.

Boal joined Cisco in 2004 and led the company's engagement in the public sector with Australia's federal, state and territory governments, defence, education and healthcare. His role was then expanded to also include the enterprise customer segment. In this role, Boal was responsible for identifying and leading growth and development in the enterprise and public sectors as well as managing the sales force that drive Cisco business in these areas.

Boal is committed to working with the higher education sector to enhance Australia's role in the knowledge economy. He has also held a leadership position within Cisco's primary education initiative, the Cisco Networking Academy, where he manages the team responsible for the delivery of the program into the Australian education system.

Prior to joining Cisco, Boal spent 10 years at Anixter Inc/NetStar, an Asia Pacific network systems integrator as Southern Region General Manager. He commenced his career at Honeywell in a technical role in the Building Management area.

Boal graduated from the University of Queensland in 1991 with a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (Communications & Electronics). He currently lives in Melbourne with his three children. When time permits, he is a passionate golfer.

Stephen Chapman

Stephen Chapman
Director, Innovation and Strategy
AVC

Stephen is responsible for keeping AVC at the forefront of emerging ICT trends and technologies. As chair of the Technology Committee, Stephen works with AVC’s strategic partners to ensure innovation is the basis for our product and service offerings, so our client’s investment in ICT infrastructure delivers outstanding business results.

Timothy Fawcett

Timothy Fawcett
Executive General Manager Corporate Affairs, Australia and New Zealand, Cisco

Tim is the Executive General Manager Corporate Affairs for Cisco Systems Australia and is Chairman of Cisco’s ANZ Social Innovation and Corporate Social Responsibility Committee.

As part of Cisco’s Senior Leadership Team, Tim leads Cisco’s external engagement on productivity, innovation, workforce participation, the internet economy, public administration, infrastructure, sustainability and the environment.

Tim represented Cisco on the Australian Government’s Advisory Panel on Teleworking and is an occasional public speaker and media commentator.

Before joining Cisco, Tim led a strategic government relations and market research consultancy and has over 20 years of federal and state public and private sector experience.

Tim is married with three children and is a Director of the not-for-profit children’s charity, Make a Difference (MAD) Foundation and an Ambassador to the Snowdome Foundation. He is also a keen golfer and Hawthorn Football Club supporter.

Michael McQueen

Michael McQueen

Do you ever feel like the pace of change is leaving you behind? What if you were becoming obsolete and didn’t know?

Michael McQueen understands what it takes to thrive in a rapidly evolving world. Having dedicated the last ten years to tracking the dominant trends shaping society, business and culture, he has helped some of the world’s best-known brands navigate change and stay in front of the curve. As a leading specialist in demographic shifts, change management and future trends, Michael features regularly as a commentator on numerous TV and radio programs and has written three bestselling books. His first book, The ‘New’ Rules of Engagement focuses on strategies for leading and connecting with Generation Y. His newest release, Winning the Battle for Relevance is a revealing look at why good ideas and great companies become obsolete and how to avoid their fate.

Tessa Myers

Tessa Myers
Business Director
Rockwell Automation

Tessa Myers is responsible for strategy development, product management and driving the worldwide growth and performance of the Asia Pacific Business Center’s global product lines.

The Asia Pacific Business Center, located in Singapore, is a part of the Architecture and Software (A&S) segment of Rockwell Automation. The Asia Pacific Business Center provides automation control and information products to thousands of customers across many industries. Product lines include programmable controllers, operator interface, micro controllers, input and output devices and variable frequency drives.

Tessa has 15 years of experience at Rockwell Automation, holding several key leadership roles in Global Sales and Marketing and Product Management. Most recently, Tessa was a Business Manager in the Control and Visualization Business, responsible for product lines including network and security infrastructure.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Purdue University and a MBA from the University of Michigan. Tessa is based in Singapore.

Adam Radford

Adam Radford
Distinguished Systems Engineer, Australia and
New Zealand
Cisco

Adam has spent the last twenty six years in the Computer Networking industry in a variety of roles, from research, implementation, design and architecture.

For the last sixteen years he has been with Cisco in a variety of engineering, technology and architectural roles. He was recently appointed Distinguished Systems Engineer.

In his current role, Adam works with Cisco's largest customers across the APJC region on their technology strategy and direction. Adam has a breadth and depth of technology interests and enjoys staying abreast of latest technology trends and their business implications. Adam leads Cisco’s SDN strategy across APJ.

Adam is no stranger to public presentations, having presented at many Cisco and industry events for the past fifteen years.

In his limited spare time, Adam enjoys both coaching and participating in triathlon.

Paul Geason

Chuck Robbins
Senior Vice President, Worldwide Field Operations
Cisco

As Senior Vice President of Worldwide Field Operations for Cisco, Chuck Robbins leads the company's Worldwide Sales Organisation and Worldwide Partner Organisation.

Robbins has more than 20 years of sales leadership experience. Prior to his current role, he was Senior Vice President of The Americas, Cisco's largest geographic region, where he led more than 8500 employees in the United States, Canada, and Latin America

Prior to leading The Americas, Robbins was Senior Vice President of U.S. Enterprise, Commercial and Canada, and from 2007 to 2009, he led the U.S. Commercial sales organisation, one of the largest growth segments in the company.

From 2003 to 2007, Robbins led the U.S. and Canada channel organisation, where he was instrumental in building a world-class partner program for Cisco. He was recognised in CRN Magazine as one of the top Channel Chiefs in 2008, and VARBusiness named him one of the Top 100 Channel Executives of the year in both 2005 and 2006.

Robbins joined Cisco in 1997 as an account manager and quickly advanced into the role of regional manager and operations director.

Outside of Cisco, Robbins serves on the boards for the MS Society of Northern California and the Georgia Tech Advisory Board for the President of Georgia Tech.

Prior to joining Cisco, he held management positions at Bay Networks and Ascend Communications. Robbins holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics with a computer science concentration from the University of North Carolina.

Dave West

Dave West,
Chief Technology Officer, Systems
Engineering and Architectures, APJC
Cisco

Dave West is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Systems Engineering and Architectures for Cisco Asia Pacific, Japan, and China (APJC). He is responsible for the thousand systems engineers supporting customers and partners in the Enterprise, Commercial and Service Provider markets. In addition, Dave is accountable for working between Cisco and our customers to establish processes and procedures for capturing, messaging, and addressing key business technical requirements and market transitions that need to be delivered in Cisco's architecture and solution offerings.

Previously, Dave West was the CTO for Cisco's Worldwide Partner Organization where he was responsible for working with partners to enable technical excellence in the partner technical community.

Dave has held a variety of other positions at Cisco, including: Sr. Director, Public Sector Systems Engineering and Architectures leading the systems engineers and managers supporting Federal, State and Local Government, Education; Director, Center of Excellence for Public Sector Solutions; Senior Manager, Systems Engineering, Department of Defense and Intelligence; Senior Manager, Advanced Technologies, responsible for voice, security, optical, and wireless engineering and pre-sales support for federal customers and partners.

A thirteen-year Cisco employee, Dave is a former Marine Officer and is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute. He holds an MS in Information Systems from the Naval Postgraduate School.