Michael Ganser Senior Vice President, Central Theater, EMEAR
Michael Ganser serves as the Senior Vice President for the Central Theater, Cisco's largest region within the Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia (EMEAR) theater. He is responsible for 17 countries across the central and eastern European region.
Ganser has been with Cisco for more than 15 years, during which time he has served as a manager in over 20 countries in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Most recently he was responsible for the DACH (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) region and the leader for the enterprise customer segment on a European level.
As Chairman of the Board of Cisco Germany from 2005 to 2010, he grew this division into Cisco's second largest market. Under his stewardship Cisco launched the D2012 initiative, a program to build strategic support for key areas of activity in Germany, thereby making a valuable contribution to economic and social growth. Before that he ran operations in Central and Eastern Europe and was Vice President Sales, responsible for service provider activities in Europe and the Near East. He began at Cisco as general manager for the Swiss business.
During his period of leadership, Cisco has been among the top four positions as the Best Employer in Germany from 2007 to 2010. On top of this, Cisco was honored in 2008 with the Fairness Award from the Great Place to Work Institute. He is often invited to speak at European IT and business trade shows and conferences.