Meet The Team
Events the size of Cisco Live are only possible with the collaboration and efforts of people – our most important asset. Below is an introduction to the people in our core team.
Jeremy is our Executive Host for Cisco Live 2014, Milan and is the Head of Technology Marketing for over 120 countries across Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia (EMEAR) for Cisco.
Jeremy has held senior roles within TANDBERG (now part of Cisco), Novell, HP and Cambridge Technology Partners in marketing, programme management, software development and consulting, giving him over 25 years of operational and customer facing experience within the IT industry.
With a strong instinct for prioritisation and a relentless focus on results, Jeremy’s expertise lies in solving business issues which touch the organisation & technology and has a strong track record in delivering on change programmes. He has a keen interest in the use of technology to empower people to connect and collaborate together – ‘the art of the possible’.
On a personal level Jeremy has three passions, his family, his gadgets and his music and as an interesting fact, he plays drums in a band.
Gerd De Bruycker
Gerd De Bruycker is the Cisco lead on Cisco Live 2014, Milan. This will be his fourth Cisco Live. His responsibilities lie in the overall vision, strategy and program management. It is his job to make it all happen and connected with Cisco’s overall vision and strategy.
He is also the Marketing Lead for Northern Europe & Head of Event Marketing for Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia. Together with his team he is setting up events and providing guidance and support to local and corporate teams. Next to his day job, he is also teaching the course “Corporate Event Management” in the 3rd year of a Bachelor Degree in Belgium.
Previously he worked for almost 10 years at Microsoft in various roles, though spending most of his time organizing big events. He managed Microsoft Tech Ed in Amsterdam, a few times in Barcelona and once in Dubai, Microsoft IT Forum and Microsoft Convergence in Rotterdam, Frankfurt, Vienna and London. He started his career by teaching at university in the early days of the Internet in Belgium.
As an interesting fact, he has been a semi-professional soccer player in the second division in Belgium.
Joanne is our overall Cisco Live Project Manager, also responsible for the project management of Logistics, Production and Keynotes. Joanne joined Cisco to project manage Cisco Live, Bahrain in 2010 and has since worked in supporting roles for Cisco Live, London. In addition to Cisco Live Joanne has project managed Cisco’s CIO Day for the last two years.
Joanne has over 15 years experience managing a wide variety of event and marketing projects for companies such as Sun Microsystems and Microsoft.
As an interesting fact, Joanne lovesto travel and in June 2011 she climbed Machu Pichu in Peru.
Bonny joined the Cisco Live team just after the conclusion of our Cisco Live event back in January 2012. He is our content program manager, leading a team of Cisco professionals responsible for the selection and creation of the educational sessions (breakouts, techtorials, panels, case studies).
He is also responsible for the Cisco Campus, bringing Cisco’s latest innovations and solutions together under a unified experience area.
As an interesting fact, Bonny is passionate for Swimming and Spanish.
Remco started his Cisco Career in 1999 as an intern in the IT department, the year of the Y2K Bug. He stayed in the IT-Support group for a while and became a European team lead of 12 Engineers. That team supported the big events which Cisco hosted across Europe. This is how he came in contact with Networkers which has now evolved into Cisco Live.
In 2008 he moved into the Events Team to work full time on events and demonstrations. Cisco Live 2014, Milan will be the 10th time working on this great event.
As an interesting fact, Remco continues to organise events in his private life, such as local tennis tournaments.
Abby Kirby and Jackie Hull
Abby and Jackie manage registrations for Cisco Live 2014, Milan. Abby has worked for Cisco for over five years and joined the Cisco Live team in 2011 managing the Press programme, C-Scape – the Analysts event, and the Women’s networking lunch.
In her former life, Abby worked as a wedding planner, so is well versed in managing high profile, critically important events.
As an interesting fact, Abby once appeared in a West End Musical alongside Jason Donavon.
Jackie has worked on numerous Networkers & Cisco Live events in different capacities over the last 10 years and joined the Cisco Live team in 2010. She has successfully managed numerous Cisco events including the CIO Summit for 3 years, trade shows and partner events. Prior to Cisco Jackie worked at various different Agencies and her clients included Accenture, Nokia, Nortel, Eli Lilly.
An interesting fact about Jackie is that aged 6 months she appeared in a high profile advertising campaign in the UK.