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Irving Tan

Irving Tan

Chairman, Asia Pacific, Japan and China, Cisco Systems

Irving Tan serves as Cisco's Chairman, Asia Pacific, Japan and China (APJC). In this role, he is responsible for setting the strategic direction to capture the significant growth opportunity that the APJC region offers and strengthen key customer and ecosystem relationships.

Tan is known as an exceptional leader with deep expertise in sales and global operations, market transitions, and customer dynamics. His focus on people is evidenced by his track record leading high-performing teams that achieve sustained results.

Previously, Tan was Executive Vice President and Chief of Operations. He was responsible for the development and implementation of Cisco's operating strategy, and targeted growth through productivity improvements and innovation across all core business functions, including sales, engineering, supply chain, and services. One of Tan's top priorities was leading Cisco's transformation into an end-to-end digital company, accelerating the value the business brings to customers, partners, and employees.

Prior to leading Operations, Tan was the sales leader of Cisco Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ), where he grew the sales business consistently over his four-year tenure and advanced APJ's position as one of the most trusted IT partners and providers in the region. Previous roles include leader of Cisco ASEAN, leader of Cisco Singapore and Brunei, and senior manager in both Enterprise Sales Operations and Managed Services.

Before joining Cisco, 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. Tan sits on the Board of Directors of Stanley Black & Decker and the Singapore Economic Development Board; additionally, he has served as an advisor to governments and industry partners on how to use technology to innovate and transform. He holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and a master's degree in business administration from Singapore's Nanyang Technological University, as well as an honorary doctoral degree in engineering from Curtin University.