Thierry Drilhon

Vice President Worldwide Channels, European Markets, Cisco Systems, Inc

Thierry Drilhon is currently Vice President, Worldwide Channels for European Markets at Cisco. In this role he is responsible for the channel strategy that supports Cisco business in European Markets with more than 10.000 partners. 95% of Cisco Products on Services in Europe are sold through Channel partners – Systems integrators, value-added resellers, distributors, and others whose innovative solutions based on Cisco products and services extend the reach of Cisco’s sales and services organizations around Europe.

In this role, he is focusing on three key areas - expanding partner enablement, increasing investment in partner development and exploring new partnership models.

Drilhon joined Cisco in 2000 as General Manager for Cisco France and was promoted Vice President Europe for Cisco France in 2004 where he was leading all the activities from sales and marketing operations targeted to Large Accounts, Public organizations, Small and Medium Businesses and Service Provider. During this period, he grew significantly the business moving Cisco France from the 6 to the 3 largest European countries for Cisco and also contributing to develop a unique awareness for Cisco in France.

In recognition of his leadership, citizenship and ability to develop the IT business in France, the French government recognized Drilhon with the prestigious “Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite” in 2007.

Aged 42, Thierry Drilhon started his career in 1985 at Digital Equipment where he spent 11 years in Sales, Marketing and leadership positions.

In 1995, he joined Microsoft in France to lead the Enterprise business unit as deputy General Manager. Member of the board, he was responsible for Sales, Channels, and Marketing activities.

Thierry is a graduate of the French business school EAD Paris and Stanford University. He is married and father of three children.

He is a marathon runner and participates every year with a Cisco team to "La course du Coeur". This is a relay race which takes place over 4 days and nights starting from Paris to Courchevel (750 km) to promote organ donation.