Woody Sessoms is Senior Vice President of Global Service Provider (GSP) Sales, a business segment that covers Cisco's top service provider customers worldwide. He assumed the role on July 31, 2016. Sessoms leads a team of 2100 employees across the globe, responsible for 4500 clients spanning telecommunications and mobile providers, cable and media companies, and Web and Over-The-Top (OTT) players.
The focus of Sessoms and his team is to solve customers' business problems, prove value, and deliver outcomes. In close partnership with the product development and service delivery teams, they enable service providers to reduce cost and complexity, accelerate speed to market, grow revenue, improve customer experience, and secure their networks in a highly disruptive industry.
In his previous role, Sessoms was Senior Vice President of the Global Enterprise Theatre and Enterprise Business Segment. With these worldwide sales organizations, he was responsible for sales strategy, go-to-market business models, and solution adoption for Cisco's largest global enterprise customers. Many of Cisco's most innovative industry solutions came from the strong client relationships he and the teams fostered.
Sessoms joined Cisco in 1994 as a Global Account Manager for the Carolinas. During his tenure at the company, he has held various positions in sales and sales management, including direct sales, first-line management, and executive leadership. Prior to joining Cisco, he held sales management positions at ROLM Corporation, IBM, and Siemens.
A highly respected leader, Sessoms believes in the power of diverse teams and continuous development. He serves on the board of directors for two organizations:
NPower – a national nonprofit that provides individuals, nonprofits, and schools the opportunities to build tech skills and achieve their potential
The Bridge School – an innovative organization educating children with severe speech and physical impairments, located in the San Francisco Bay Area
He also sits on the Board of Advisors for the Shelton Leadership Center at North Carolina State University.
Sessoms holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and resides in North Carolina, U.S.A.