IRVING TAN, Executive Vice President and Chief of Operations of Cisco Systems Inc., has been a director of the company since February 2020.
Mr. Tan is responsible for the development and implementation of Cisco’s operating strategy, targeting growth through productivity improvements and innovation across all core business functions, including sales, engineering, supply chain and services. Mr. Tan also leads Cisco’s transformation into an end-to-end digital company.
Mr. Tan has worked for Cisco since 2009. He was promoted to the role of Chief of Operations in January 2018. Prior to his current role, Mr. Tan held positions of increasing responsibility, including serving as the leader of Cisco Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ), leader of Cisco ASEAN, leader of Cisco Singapore and Brunei, and senior manager in both Enterprise Sales Operations and Managed Services. Before joining Cisco, Mr. Tan was a principal at A.T. Kearney, a management consultancy specializing in mergers and acquisitions and merger integration in IT and communications. He also worked at Hewlett-Packard as business-unit leader for the APJ Communications and Media Solutions Group.
Mr. Tan is 52 years old and is a member of the Audit Committee and Corporate Governance Committee. The company is focused on accelerating its innovation efforts to enhance its track record of delivering top-quartile financial performance. Mr. Tan’s expertise in digitization and innovation is of tremendous value to supporting this strategy. Mr. Tan’s global perspective and deep knowledge of Asian markets and his expertise in operating strategy is a valuable resource to the Board and management.