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Channel Partners Conference & Expo 2023

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DP VenkateshGM - Digital, SMB and Global Strategic Partners at CiscoCisco

DP Venkatesh is the vice president and general manager of digital, SMB and global strategic partners in Cisco's Webex Collaboration business. His works to ensure Webex success across digital channels, focused on the SMB segment. He also leads strategic engagement with the global top 20 Cisco Partners, enabling them to drive strategic initiatives across their collaboration businesses. The Webex platform provides the underpinning for a market-leading position for Cisco across calling, meetings, messaging, contact center and devices.  

Venkatesh joined Cisco through the acquisition of BroadSoft, where he was vice president and general manager of BroadSoft Digital, the digital arm of Broadsoft focusing on customers' digital needs and enabling their business transformation. His mission was to make BroadSoft the partner of choice for customers as they addressed the disruption in their marketplace caused by new digital entrants, cloud-native attackers and SaaS business models.  

Prior to BroadSoft, Venkatesh was the founder and CEO of mPortal, which developed cloud-based mobile software solutions for telecom, cable and media providers. Under his leadership, mPortal grew into a profitable company with more than 200 employees, serving leading companies such as AT&T, Comcast, Cox, Disney, ESPN, Reliance, TELUS, Time Warner Cable, Verizon, Virgin Group and Xerox. Venkatesh led the successful acquisition of mPortal by BroadSoft in 2015 and joined the executive team at BroadSoft responsible for their digital business.  

Venkatesh was selected by the State of Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology as one of the Top 50 CIT GAP Entrepreneurs creating the next generation of innovative high-growth companies.