She brings a wealth of knowledge to the table with over 20 years’ experience working in versatile and challenging roles within the ICT sector.
“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,” she said.
“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.”
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.
“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,” Hani Raad, Managing Director for Cisco sub-Saharan Africa said.
Raad succeeded Garsen Naidu, who was appointed as leader of the Sales Specialist Organisation at Cisco Middle East and Africa.