New Cisco MD not planning to change the world . . . yet

Terry Walsh, Cisco Australia and New Zealand's new managing director, is adopting the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" motto of leadership.

Walsh told Computerworld although there are aspects of Cisco "that do need changing", he is "not planning on anything too drastic" at this stage.

Walsh assumed his role of head of Cisco earlier this week, replacing Gary Jackson, who has been promoted to Asia-Pacific director for Cisco's service provider business in Singapore.

Walsh said that under his leadership Cisco will continue to invest in the SME (small to medium enterprise) market, which reported 100 per cent year-on-year growth over the last year.

"Enterprises will still be the backbone of the business," he said.

Walsh said Cisco will continue to be an aggressive and competitive player in the market place.

"We have to be ethical and honest but we are an aggressive company and we have to stay aggressive. We want to be very competitive," he said.

In response to yesterday's news that rival Lucent Technologies has just acquired US-based networking company International Network Services (INS), Walsh said Cisco is "quite happy to let INS go to Lucent".

"We looked at INS . . . [but] our view to delivering the total solutions in the fastest way . . . is that what you need is partnerships," he said. "If you have to do it all yourself, we don't think it's an [option]."

Walsh has been with Cisco for four and a half years. His previous role was general manager of the service provider business, following a stint at Cabletron.

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