American technology company, Cisco has announced the appointment of Dare Ogunlade as General Manager for Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone, effective June 2013. Lagos based Dare Ogunlade will report directly to Carlos Marques, General Manager, Sub-Saharan Africa.
Dare joined Cisco Nigeria in October 2006 as an Account Manager for Service Provider, before becoming MTN Strategic Account leader for Nigeria and Ghana in 2011.
He is vastly experienced in structuring complex deals and therefore brings the wealth of knowledge and expertise required to accelerate the growth in Nigeria region. Career opportunities and employee growth are very important to Dare, as he attributes his own personal career growth at Cisco to the strong mentoring that he has benefited from over the years.
One of his objectives is to ensure that the Nigerian team members have the same opportunity to fulfill their career aspirations. Dare holds a degree in Electrical Engineering and also an MBA from Lagos Business School. He is married and has two children.
“Cisco is committed to supporting West Africa, as a significant contributor to its overall business success and I am delighted to have been appointed to lead this region and take our focus to the next level”, Ogunlade.
For the new GM, these are exciting times for ICT growth in West Africa as our governments are placing a major focus on country transformation and driving societal change. “Cisco is partnering with both government and businesses to support this new wave of societal evolution.
I look forward to being part of it”, he added.
Speaking on his appointment, Meads said, “My key objective is to drive Cisco’s strategy to support African country innovation, prosperity, sustainability, and social inclusion through the building of life-changing networks. Ultimately, Cisco wants to enable customers, nations and organisations in Africa to be more competitive through the adoption and use of technology.”
According to him, Africa is a challenge with its varied markets, cultures and regulatory frameworks, further adding that Cisco strongly believes that the most significant opportunity is to catch up and overtake other countries by leveraging broadband as a platform for socio and economic transformation. “I am confident that with our new leadership in East and West Africa we will be able to define our focus and make a significant difference.”
By: Ben Uzor Jr