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Canada gets thumbs up from Cisco CEO

November 16, 2012

After Cisco announced its earnings for the first quarter of fiscal year 2013 Tuesday afternoon, CEO and Chairman, John Chambers was a guest on CNBC to discuss the results. While Chambers emphasized Cisco’s strong numbers over the quarter, he also highlighted Cisco’s relationship with Canada and discussed recent investment in Ottawa R&D.

“I just met with the leadership up in Canada – they are the easiest place in the world to do business – we’re going to invest in Canada and Ottawa where you have complete cooperation with the provincial leadership…and the national leadership. Prime Minister Harper is doing a great job and the leaders of the provinces are doing a great job. They make it easy to do business and invest there. We need to learn from them in terms of what we need to do in terms of investing.”

Chambers also emphasized Cisco’s continued focus on the high-growth areas of mobility, BYOD, video, and the Internet of Everything.

“All growth areas in terms of opportunities going forward, and we think we’re positioned pretty well.”

Cisco Canada president Nitin Kawale recently wrote about the innovation happening in the Ottawa area and Cisco’s joint partnership with the Government of Ontario that will see 300 new R&D jobs come to the region.

“If Canadian business and political leaders can continue to “sell” Canada and all provinces, including Ontario, as hotbeds for innovation to occur then great companies like Cisco and many others will be apt to look no further when it comes to making sound business investments for the future,” Kawale wrote.

Watch the full interview with Cisco CEO and chairman John Chambers on CNBC here.

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