Andrew Ashton

SVP, EMEAR Finance

Andrew Ashton is Senior Vice President of Finance, CFO EMEAR, responsible for driving growth, optimizing investments and ensuring compliance across the $12B+ EMEAR region (Europe, Middle East Africa, Russia).  In this role, Andrew has primary responsibility for managing the region’s finances, including financial planning, management of financial risks and providing strategic insight to Sales and Services leadership.  His key objective is to ensure strategic decisions are aligned with the priorities of Cisco and positioned to maximize long term growth and profitability. 

Prior to this role, Andrew was VP Finance for the Security Business Group where he was responsible for providing strategic direction, managing long term planning, forecasting and investment prioritization for Engineering, Sales and Marketing functions in this key growth segment. 

Prior to joining Cisco in January of 2013, Andrew spent six years at Polycom where most recently he was Senior Vice President of Worldwide Finance.  In this role he was responsible for multiple aspects of Finance, including global responsibility for business facing finance teams and the central planning and forecasting team.  Prior to moving to California, Andrew was VP Finance for Asia Pacific, based in Singapore, where he partnered with the Theater President to develop and drive the fastest growing region in the company.  Prior to Polycom, Andrew spent many years in the software industry with senior Finance roles at both Oracle and Peoplesoft.

Andrew is originally from Sydney, Australia and has lived and worked in Australia, Singapore, USA and UK during his career. 

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Newcastle and is a qualified CPA (Fellow).


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