Cathy Smith

Managing Director, Cisco Southern Africa

Cathy Smith

Cathy joined Cisco in April 2015 and is responsible for collaborating with public and private sector organisations on strategies for the digital transformation of the region.

Cathy has 25 years of experience in the IT industry of which more than 23 years were with IBM where she held various leadership roles in IT service delivery, HR and Sales, which have furnished her with the right skills to lead a diverse team as well as build strong partner and customer relationships.

Before joining IBM, Cathy worked for several companies in the Insurance Industry as an application developer. She also spent three years in the United Kingdom where she consolidated her international expertise and held a number of executive roles for the European and global markets with a focus on outsourcing services business.

She is a fellow of the African Leadership Initiative (ALI), an organisation set up to develop the next generation of value-based African leaders who are capable of guiding and leading their countries as they struggle to align the demands of globalisation with local visions of a good society.

Cathy is married with two daughters and has a keen interest in community development.