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Biography, Mr. Simon Willis

Vice President, Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG)

Simon Willis is vice president of the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG). IBSG works with many of the world's leading companies and governments to help them become more effective through changed business processes and intelligent technology deployment.

Willis came to Cisco after 15 years of work in government and e-business. He has held various senior management and policy positions in the UK government including private secretary to Minister of State, head of operational reform at the Department of Social Security, head of pension's equalization and Chief Executive of a national disability agency. He ran the Financial Crime Branch at the UK Treasury and also headed numerous UK delegations to the EU, UN and OECD. After leaving government he worked for a large systems integrator where he worked mainly on transformational ebusiness projects in the financial services area.

Simon's focus is on managing and further building a global team that can work as trusted advisors to senior levels of large public sector organizations where transformation is imminent or there is the potential for ground breaking projects likely to be emulated by others. The Internet Business Solutions Group does not charge its customers. The group's current engagements include Governments of US, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, India, Australia, China, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Germany, France, UK, Russia, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Morocco, Romania, Poland, Bulgaria and Hungary.

Simon is an Australian who has a first class degree in Politics, Philosophy & Economics from Balliol College Oxford. He is married and has four children.