Ken Boal

Ken Boal
Vice President, Australia and New Zealand

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.

Bernard Salt

Bernard Salt

Bernard Salt, partner at KPMG, is one of the most well-known writers, media personalities, and business advisors in Australia. Used to large crowds and the cameras, Bernard has the uncanny ability to explain even the most complex ideas in a way that everyone in the room can understand. Well-spoken, engaging, and enlightening, a business event featuring Bernard is sure to be a hit.

In business, Bernard’s specialties lie in tracking and understanding demographic and social changes in his country of origin and the rest of the world, including the United States, New Zealand, and Asia. He focuses on the evolution of consumer cultures, how the most recent generation will fit into today’s business world, and how companies can get the most out of their customer base and employees.

Bernard Salt works regularly as a columnist for The Australian and Wish magazines, and has authored two books, The Big Shift: Welcome to the Third Australian Culture and The Big Picture. He routinely appears as a commentator on a variety of television shows in both Australia and the US, including Business Sunday, A Current Affair, 60 Minutes, Today Tonight, Today Show, and Nightline.

His experiences and insights have earned him speaking engagements at numerous outlets, including: Suncorp Metway, Colonial First State Property, Shopping Centre Council of Australia, Australian Property Institute, Macquarie Equities, Australian Council for Infrastructure Development, Franchise Council of Australia, Byvan Property Management, Australian Centre for Retail Studies, Coles Myer Limited, NSW Department of State & Regional Development, Westpac Regional Investment Services, Property Council of Australia, Australian Pharmaceutical Industries, and Queensland Treasury.

Bernard’s unique skill is to take the latest data and then transfer this into a highly entertaining, very informative and above all else extremely relevant presentation on what the future environment will be for both businesses and individuals. Specialises.

Funny, relevant and informative, Bernard Salt will light up your conference.

Irving Tan

Irving Tan
President, Asia Pacific and Japan

Irving Tan is President for Cisco Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ). This group comprises five organisations operating across a diverse set of markets and countries: India and SAARC; ASEAN; Korea; Australia and New Zealand; and Japan.

In this role, he is responsible for developing Cisco’s strategy, accelerating business growth, and ensuring Cisco APJ is the most trusted and relevant IT solutions partner and provider in the industry.

His leadership focus is on advancing a world-class customer experience and dynamic partner ecosystem, investing in innovation and strategic alliances across business and government, and driving an employee experience that emphasises people development to build leaders of tomorrow. As the world becomes increasingly connected, a key priority today is helping organisations become digital enterprises and take advantage of the Internet of Everything to transform their business.

Prior to this role, Tan was Vice President of Cisco ASEAN and before that, the Country Manager for Cisco Singapore and Brunei. He has more than ten years leadership experience at Cisco in various roles in Enterprise Sales, Strategy, Planning and Operations, Managed Services, and Cisco’s in-house consulting team, the Internet Business Solutions Group.

Before joining Cisco, Tan was a principal at A.T. Kearney, a management consultancy specialising in mergers and acquisition and merger integration in the IT and Communications industries. He has also worked at Hewlett-Packard, where he was business unit leader for its Communications and Media Solutions Group in Asia Pacific and Japan. He has been a consultant to governments around the region to help them identify ways to use information and communication technologies to support national transformation. He has also collaborated with Cisco partners in key industry segments such financial services, oil and gas, manufacturing, and service providers.

Tan holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

Joseph Bradley

Joseph M. Bradley
Vice President, IoE Practice
Cisco Consulting Services

As IoE Evangelist and Vice President of the Internet of Everything (IoE) Practice in the Cisco Consulting Services (CCS) organization, Joseph M. Bradley ensures the world's top business and public sector leaders understand how to capture their share of $19 trillion in value that IoE will create over 10 years. In this capacity, he leads a team of technology and business consultants who are uniquely qualified to assist CXOs, government leaders, and their management teams to realize the potential of IoE in today's rapidly changing world caused by the convergence of mobile, social, data, and cloud computing.

Bradley was instrumental in developing the next-generation consulting model for CCS. The methodology provides a data-driven path to outlining what customers need to do today to capture value from IoE. Further, the model leverages the IoE Practice's proprietary customer research and network analytics to identify hidden value that can be realized by lighting up "dark assets". CCS helps customers move from their current state of operations to an IoE-enabled enterprise through the use of rapid prototyping, analytics, and process change. Once the methodology is complete, the customer has the ability to innovate, which provides a feedback loop to enable continuous improvement.

Bradley built the foundation for CCS and the IoE Practice by directing the research and production of Cisco's influential IoE thought leadership titled, "Embracing the Internet of Everything To Capture Your Share of $14.4 Trillion" and "Internet of Everything (IoE) Value Index: How Much Value Are Private-Sector Firms Capturing from IoE in 2013?" This project was followed by further groundbreaking research that showed the total IoE value at stake for both enterprises and public sector organizations to be $19 trillion.

Scott Brown

Scott Brown
Vice President, Enterprise and Public Sector, Asia Pacific and Japan

Scott Brown leads the Enterprise Segment for Cisco in Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ). This includes responsibility for Cisco’s relationship with its largest Global, Enterprise and Public Sector customers in the region. His organization includes sales, engineering and consulting resources that are experts in Architectures, Verticals and Solutions. His team also leads the entry into new market areas like the Internet of Everything, SaaS, Cloud Networking (Meraki), InterCloud and Software Defined Networking (SDN).

Scott has more than 25 years of business experience in the ICT industry. Scott held several key leadership roles in Cisco, most recently as Vice President of the Technology Solutions and Architectures organization for Asia Pacific, Japan and Greater China (APJC) where he was responsible for driving architecture product and solution sales across all customer segments and technology areas. Prior to that, Scott led the APJC Partner Business Group with responsibilities for managing relationships with the company’s 16,000+ channel partners that drove 93% of revenues across the region.

Before relocating to the region, Scott was Vice President of Worldwide Distribution Sales, where he was responsible for leading and growing Cisco’s distribution business from $9.6 billion to $13.8 billion in three years. Prior to this, Scott led Cisco’s 1,300 person Worldwide Sales Enablement organisation as Vice President for six years delivering award winning customer-facing experiences and leading development of the Cisco sales force. Scott also spent eight years in other senior field sales roles leading teams across Enterprise, Commercial and Public Sector, with management responsibility for sales, systems engineering, consulting, administrative, and regional management staff as well as managing partner relationships and marketing activities. Before joining Cisco, Scott held a number of sales management positions in the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software marketplace and has an extensive knowledge of application software.

Scott has taught in several MBA programs at highly-regarded American universities including the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, and The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Scott holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a master of business administration degree from Loyola University-Chicago. Scott, his wife Sara and their four children reside in Singapore.

John Hernandez

John Hernandez
Vice President / General Manager
Collaboration Market and Solutions Development

John Hernandez is Vice President and General Manager of Cisco’s Collaboration Market and Solutions Development Group. In this capacity, John is responsible for driving the multi-billion dollar collaboration business, including the ownership of transitioning the business from predominately premise-based solutions to hybrid, cloud and mobile based solutions.

Previously, Mr. Hernandez served as Vice President and General Manager of Cisco’s Contact Center business, including mobile, hosted and Omni-channel solutions. He is a published author and creator of Cisco’s Customer Collaboration strategy.

Mr. Hernandez has spent his entire career in Silicon Valley, executing global initiatives. Including extensive engagements in Asia, Europe and the Americas. Before joining Cisco in December 2002, Mr. Hernandez held a variety of management positions at Genesys Telecommunications and Nortel Networks' e-Business unit.

Soni Jiandani

Soni Jiandani
Senior Vice President, Marketing
Insieme Networks

Soni Jiandani serves as Senior Vice President of Marketing for the Insieme Business Unit at Cisco. Insieme is building next generation data center solutions with its Software Defined Networking vision - Application Centric Infrastructure - and is responsible for Cisco's Merchant and Merchant Plus Switching Portfolio, including the Nexus 3000 and 9000 portfolios. Insieme had been an outside venture until November 2013 when the team rejoined Cisco. Soni Is driven to deliver a dynamic, agile, fast, secure, scalable, reliable infrastructure that can respond to automation and meet the needs and demands of tomorrow's applications.

Soni has been a key member of the entrepreneurial teams that developed everything from the Nexus 5000 to Cisco's Unified Computing System. Prior to Insieme, Soni was the Senior Vice President for Cisco's Server Access Virtualization Technology Group. She was responsible for the development and implementation of the Cisco-wide strategy for Data Center Access and virtualization solutions, including Unified Computing System and Unified Fabric (Nexus 2K-5K portfolio). Under her leadership, this portfolio grew to a multi-billion dollar business and today enjoys the #1 spot in U.S. market share and #2 in Europe.

Tal Liani
MD Analyst
Bank of America

Leo Makhlin

Leo Makhlin
Managing Director, Enterprise, Australia and New Zealand

Adam Radford

Adam Radford
Distinguished Systems Engineer, Australia and
New Zealand

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.

John Stewart

John N. Stewart
Senior Vice President
Chief Security and Trust Officer

John N. Stewart formed and leads Cisco’s Security and Trust Organization, underscoring Cisco’s commitment to address two key issues in boardrooms and on the minds of top leaders around the globe. Under John’s leadership, the team’s core missions are to protect Cisco’s public and private customers, enable and ensure the Cisco Secure Development Lifecycle and Trustworthy Systems efforts across Cisco's entire mature and emerging solution portfolio, and to protect Cisco itself from the never-ending, and always evolving, cyber threats.

Throughout his 25-year career, Stewart has led or participated in security initiatives ranging from elementary school IT design to national security programs. In addition to his role at Cisco, he sits on technical advisory boards for Area 1 Security, BlackStratus, Inc., RedSeal Networks, and Nok Nok Labs. He is a member of the Board of Directors for Shape Security, Shadow Networks, Inc., and the National Cyber-Forensics Training Alliance (NCFTA) and serves as a special advisor to Koolspan’s Board of Directors. Additionally, Stewart serves on the Council of Experts for the Global Cyber Security Center and the Cybersecurity Think Tank at University of Maryland University College. He served on the CSIS Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th Presidency and on advisory boards for successful companies such as Akonix, Cloudshield, Finjan, Fixmo, Inc., Ingrian Networks, Riverhead, and TripWire. John is a highly sought public and closed-door speaker and most recently was awarded the global Golden Bridge Award and CSO 40 Silver Award for the 2014 Chief Security Officer of the Year.

Stewart holds a Master of Science degree in computer and information science from Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York.

John Stewart

Gee Rittenhouse
Senior Vice President, Cloud and Virtualization Group (CVG)

Gee Rittenhouse is Senior Vice President and General Manager of Cisco's Cloud and Virtualization Group (CVG), a market-driven organization leading industry transformation in cloud infrastructure software and services. Prior to his current role, he was Vice President of Service Provider for Cisco's Cloud and Systems Management Technology Group. Before joining Cisco, Gee helped launch Alcatel-Lucent's Software, Services, and Solutions business and led that business to profitability as Chief Operating Officer. Prior to that, he led Bell Labs through the most extensive transformation in its recent history with the merger of Bell Labs and Alcatel's Research group. Pioneering an open innovation model, Rittenhouse also helped create the world's most ambitious research collaboration effort on green networks called GreenTouch, a research consortium with approximately sixty leading industrial and academic research groups from around the world.

Paul Geason

Chuck Robbins
Senior Vice President, Worldwide Field Operations

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.