Lawrie joins Cisco

Former Microsoft and GDC MD takes on new role

Veteran IT industry figure Geoff Lawrie started today as Cisco New Zealand general manager.

The networking giant will be the second multinational vendor Lawrie has headed locally; he also ran Microsoft’s New Zealand operations from 1996 to 2002.

After quitting the Microsoft role, Lawrie became general manager of telecomms services provider GDC. He relinquished that role in 2005, before GDC hit hard times last year and sold off various divisions before going into receivership in March. He remained as a non-executive director after quitting the MD role.

In a statement announcing Lawrie’s appointment, Cisco Australia-New Zealand managing director Ross Fowler is quoted as saying “Geoff’s role will be to lead Cisco’s New Zealand customers, partners and employees into this new era and I am delighted to have him on board”.

Lawrie replaces former Cisco New Zealand head David Barker, who is returning to Australia.

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