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Marthin De Beer on Bringing Cisco TelePresence to Market

Marthin DeBeer

As Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers prepares to give the upcoming 2009 undergraduate commencement address, graduate students recently had an audience with Cisco Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Emerging Technologies Group Marthin De Beer. EC President Swetha Sirupa provided the welcome and introduction of DeBeer, the "secret force behind Cisco's TelePresence," at the EC Speaker Series.  Attendees enjoyed the amazing story behind bringing this technology to market

For a link to the audio presentation with slides, please click here

About Marthin De Beer 


Marthin De Beer is Senior Vice President and General Manager of Emerging Technologies Group at Cicso.  De Beer formed this group over two years ago and is responsible for cultivating a steady stream of new businesses that can create $1 billion worth of revenue and take Cisco into new adjacent markets.  Within this team and under his leadership, he has led the development of Cisco TelePresence, Digital Media Systems, Lynksys One, IP Video Surveillance and Cisco IPICs.

Previously, De Beer was responsible for Cisco's Global Enterprise IP Communications Solutions and led the introduction of Ciscos Architecture for Voice.  Video and Integrated Data solution (now Cisco Unified Communications).  He played a key role in taking Cisco's IP communications business from inception to a large profitable business.

De Beer has more than 20 years of experience in the communications and software industry.  He has been at Cisco for 13 years directing key platforms such as the Cisco Catalyst switching platforms and Cisco IP telephony and VoIP systems. 

De Beer was also a founder of two start-up companies and previously held senior marketing and engineering positions at Hughes LAN Systems, Persetel Computer Systems and Atlas Aircraft.

De Beer holds a bachelor of science degree in engineering from the University of Pretoria, South Africa.

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