Surinder Brar, channel strategy advisor, is former chief strategy officer for Cisco Systems' Worldwide Partner Organization. In that capacity, he was responsible for developing disruptive go-to-market and ecosystem strategies for Cisco's channel programs. He also served as the chief of partner strategy for Cisco's Intercloud organization. Prior to Cisco, Brar was vice president of Marketing for Xpede Inc. He holds an MBA in Marketing from the University of California at Berkeley and a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, India.