Global network gear maker Cisco announced today it has appointed Smangele Nkosi as the General Manager for South Africa.
As general manager Smangele’s focus is on leveraging the company’s technology leadership to support the country innovation, prosperity and social inclusion. Her role will include working in close collaboration with government bodies and public and private enterprises to develop a healthy technology and partner ecosystem.
She brings a wealth of knowledge to the table with over 20 years’ experience working in versatile and challenging roles within the ICT sector.
Most recently, she was the acting chief commercial officer at Telkom, responsible for sales and marketing, product strategy, and developing and implementing the company’s Openserve commercial strategy.
“It’s inspiring to be part of a company that has achieved so much over the past few years and I am very much looking forward to taking up the reins in executing Cisco’s country-wide vision and strategy. I hope to accelerate a culture of diversity and inclusion, empower woman and develop the youth in ICT sector shaping a digital future for the region that opens up a world of unprecedented opportunities including the delivery of sustainable economic growth and, as a result, an increase in job creation,” she says.
Hani Raad, Managing Director for Cisco sub-Saharan Africa says, “Smangele has undertaken an impressive journey. She is a seasoned leader with proven expertise to drive Cisco’s purpose to ‘Power an Inclusive Future for all’ bringing transformational value to customers, partners and society.”