Nitin Kawale is President of Cisco Systems Canada Co., responsible for overseeing all aspects of the local operations, including sales, marketing, finance, distribution, and services. Cisco in Canada employs more than 1,200 people and is a leading operation for Cisco worldwide, as well as a proving ground for many of the company’s most advanced and innovative technologies.
Nitin has been an integral part of Cisco Systems since 1995, both in Canada and globally, and has served in a number of key local and international roles.
His previous held Cisco positions include: Worldwide Sales, Strategy and Planning, where he developed and executed strategies around key issues facing the worldwide sales force. Nitin was also the head of sales and operations for the Global Mobile Vertical team of the Worldwide Service Provider Group where he developed and executed the global industry specific strategy for one of Cisco’s fastest growing businesses.
Since assuming the role of Cisco Canada president in 2008, Nitin has been a prominently featured keynote speaker and panelist at many leading IT industry and business events. He advised all levels of government in Canada on issues of information technology, productivity and innovation. And he is a frequently cited and quoted leading business voice by all of Canada’s top print, online and broadcast media. Nitin serves on the board of directors for the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in Toronto and is a member of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives.
In June 2011, Nitin was named the Corporate Executive of the Year by the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce a national honor that recognizes exemplary achievement in business by those of Indian heritage. Under his leadership, Cisco Canada was named for 2011 the Top Employer in Canada and the Top Employer in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) by human resource consultants Aon Hewitt.
Nitin holds a Bachelor of Applied Sciences degree in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto. He lives in Toronto with wife Priti and three sons.