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Executive Speakers

Your Hosts for the Cisco Live IT Management Program

Cisco executives VC Gopalratnam and Jay Joiner will share the hosting duties for the IT Management Program. As experienced leaders of large IT organisations, they understand the challenges today’s IT managers face. They’ll help keep the focus on the topics that matter most to you.

Evan Parthenis

Evan Parthenis

IT Manager
Cisco

Evan is an IT Manager in the Collaboration and Communication team at Cisco. He is a passionate believer in the Any Device, Any Ownership, Anywhere concept, and a strong advocate of cloud services in enterprise IT. Evan orchestrated Cisco's Post PC strategy and was instrumental in the creation of its original Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program. Prior to joining Cisco Evan has worked in the Finance, Media, and Professional Services sectors. Evan is based in Sydney Australia and has an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management, and Bachelor of Information Technology from the University of Technology Sydney.

Jay Joiner

Jay Joiner

Vice President, Information Technology, Asia Pacific Region
Cisco

Jay Joiner is the IT Vice President for the Asia Pacific Region. This includes the ASEAN, India, ANZ, Greater China and Japan Theatres, where he is responsible for developing the local relationship with executives and business stakeholders. He also serves as the IT Leader for the region representing all IT functions.

Jay comes to Cisco as a Business and Information Technology executive with broad experience in Engineering, Construction Management, Manufacturing and Consulting Services. Over his 35 year career, Jay has had extensive global experience in IT infrastructure deployments, offshore programs, strategic outsourcing, ERP implementation, technology strategies, shared services and program management.

John Manville

John Manville

Senior Vice President, IT - Global Infrastructure Services
Cisco

John Manville is Senior Vice President of Cisco IT Global Infrastructure Services. In this role, Manville leads the strategy and operations for Cisco networks, data centres, middleware, and databases. These systems provide the technology infrastructure services for Cisco's global workforce of more than 75,000 people.

His primary focus is on addressing critical business requirements while maintaining a balance of operational excellence and innovation. Among other achievements, Manville successfully led the transformation of Cisco's data center strategy, implementing Cisco's internal cloud data center services while significantly improving Cisco's resiliency posture, time to capability, and cost structure.

In keeping with the philosophy that "Cisco is its first and best customer," Manville continues to showcase the real-world benefits of Cisco's technology solutions throughout its own network and data centers. This practice has contributed to the reduction of Cisco's carbon footprint through significant savings in power and increased asset utilisation.

Since joining Cisco in 2007, Manville has played a key role in establishing Cisco IT as a trusted advisor to business partners, both internal and external to Cisco. He drives collaboration with external partners to integrate their technologies with Cisco's, demonstrating the value both provide as one integrated solution.

Prior to Cisco, Manville held a variety of IT positions with some of Wall Street's most respected financial companies. With a career spanning North America and Europe, he began in the industry as a network engineer, designing packet switching networks for customers in the United Kingdom.

Manville holds an electrical and electronic engineering degree from University College, London University, and an executive master's degree in technology management from the University of Pennsylvania.

Kevin Bloch

Kevin Bloch

Chief Technology Officer
Cisco

"My job is to communicate our technology vision in ways that inspires our customers to expand their own businesses by leveraging technology"

Kevin Bloch is Chief Technology Officer at Cisco. He provides leadership of technology vision as well as leadership of people within Cisco to communicate and execute on that vision. Kevin is a member of the global Cisco CTO Forum, Cisco's most senior technology leadership board, representing APAC, Japan and China (APJC). He is also currently active on external commercial and government technology advisory boards.

Before joining Cisco 14 years ago, Kevin held senior positions with other telecommunications equipment manufacturers, systems integrators and service providers including Lucent, JNA Telecommunications and Telstra. Kevin is the author of six technical reference books.

Mike Paranihi

Mike Paranihi

Director, IT - Service Owner of DC Facilities and DCaaS
Cisco

Mike is a Director of IT at Cisco Systems. Mike currently leads the DC Facilities, and Data Centre as a Service organisation within Cisco's Global infrastructure Services function. In this role Mike and his team are responsible for 32 of Cisco IT's Data Cenre Facilities working to ensure Cisco gets the most effective use of its Data Centre assets. Mike's team also work within the Infrastructure Provisioning process to make doing business with Infrastructure easy enabling the rapid deployment of Cisco's internal Cloud. Mike has worked in IT for over 15 implementing large enterprise ERP solutions, web based revenue earning business and most recently in the Data Centre. Mike has worked in the Telecommunications, advertising, and online newspaper industries. Mike's spare time is taken up looking after his family of 4 however when he gets the chance, it's either spent coaching rugby or on the water or the ski field.

V C Gopalratnam

VC Gopalratnam

Vice President, Information Technology
Cisco

V C Gopalratnam (Gopal) is the Vice President & CIO for Cisco India. As a core member of Cisco's Executive Leadership Staff in India, he also serves as the Theatre Relationship Executive for the region. Gopal is the executive sponsor for the Cisco on Cisco program, based in Bangalore.

Gopal is a veteran in the hi-tech industry with over 22 years' experience in consulting, re-engineering, leading, and managing with global corporations. With extensive skills in areas of information technology, risk management, supply chain services, compliance and auditing, and business process re-engineering - Gopal has maintained focus on metrics driven success and growth for global businesses.