Cisco Press Release, 1/11/10
Global networking equipment manufacturer Cisco today announced a restructuring of its Asia Pacific and Japan operations to support its investments and growth plans in the Asia Pacific and Japan region. Effective February 2010, the company will create three theaters: China P.R.C., Hong Kong and Taiwan, formerly part of the Asia Pacific Theater, will now form a separate Greater China Theater; the remaining countries in Asia Pacific will form the Asia Pacific Theater and Cisco's Japanese operations will continue as the Japan Theater.
The new Greater China Theater will be led by Owen Chan, President and CEO, Greater China Theater, reporting to Robert Lloyd, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Operations. Chan joined Cisco in 1999 and has been President of Cisco's Asia Pacific region for the past five years.
Jim Sherriff will continue in his role of developing and leading Cisco's cross-functional execution of its overall China strategy including government affairs, supply chain, product development, corporate affairs, corporate development and strategic alliances. As Chairman, Greater China Theater, Sherriff will continue reporting to Executive Vice President of Operations, Processes, and Systems Randy Pond and will continue to be based in Shanghai, China. Thomas Lam will report to Sherriff as Vice Chairman and be responsible for developing cross-functional strategies for Cisco's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), corporate affairs and university relations in Greater China.