Woody Sessoms is Senior Vice President of Global Service Provider Sales, a primary part of the Global Service Provider (GSP) segment organization, which includes global sales, service delivery, and product development for Cisco's top service provider customers. He assumed the role on July 31, 2016. GSP Sales is responsible for $13 billion in annual bookings and 2300 employees.
In his previous role, Sessoms was Senior Vice President of the Global Enterprise Theatre and Enterprise Business Segment. He was responsible for the development of strategy, execution, thought leadership, and solutions for Cisco's largest global enterprise customers. This worldwide team of more than 2070 employees built and implemented products and services that help customers transition to the digital enterprise.
Leading the Global Enterprise Theatre from its inception in 2009, Sessoms aligned the organization around industry verticals and grew the business to $2.5 billion in annual bookings. In 2013, he also assumed responsibility for the Enterprise Business Segment. This team advanced adoption and go-to-market business models with customers and internal teams and drove demand for solutions such as security ($2 billion in bookings) and Meraki ($1 billion in bookings).
Sessoms joined Cisco in 1994 as a Global Account Manager for the Carolinas. During his tenure, 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.
The focus of Sessoms and his team is to establish relevance and relationships by helping customers inject speed, agility, and innovation into their business while taking risk, complexity, and cost out of their operating environments. Many of Cisco's most innovative industry solutions come from the strong relationships he and the team create by understanding customers' business challenges.
A highly respected leader, Sessoms believes in the power of diverse teams. He sits on the board of directors for NPower, a national nonprofit organization that provides individuals, nonprofits, and schools the opportunities to build tech skills and achieve their potential. He also serves on the board of the Bridge School, an innovative organization educating children with severe speech and physical impairments, located in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Sessoms holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and resides in North Carolina.