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Cisco Shuffles Worldwide Partner and Channel Structure

After announcing its decision to lay off nearly 6,500 employees globally, hardware and networking giant Cisco Systems has announced a line of changes for its Worldwide Partner Organisation (WPO).

According to tech website Channel Partners, the San Jose, California-based Cisco Systems on Thursday announced an overhaul to its partner-facing division by bringing in a new head for sales and a new partner head for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.

Cisco revealed the information in an official blog post clarifying that the company has reduced its partner regions and consolidated the seven areas into three, where the sales division for American region will be headed by Jim Sherriff, the EMEA will be led by Milo Schacher and the Asia-Pacific, Japan and Greater China region will be under Stanimira Koleva.

"It is no secret that Cisco has been on a journey to simplify and make it easier to work with us. I want [partners] to know that many of the changes you are seeing at Cisco are a result of what we have heard from you, so I encourage you to keep the feedback coming." wrote Keith Goodwin, the senior vice president for worldwide channels at Cisco. He also added that Amanda Jobbins is the new vice president for marketing division.