Global IT services firm Unisys has hired former Cisco executive Eduardo Almeida as Vice President, putting him in charge of expanding the company’s business in Latin America.
Almeida will work out of Brazil – the country where Unisys has the most extensive operations in the region – reporting directly to Eric Hutto, president of Unisys’ eenterprise solutions unit, according to a statement.
Almeida has more than 20 years of experience in the information technology industry, having worked in multicultural environments and on international projects in several Latin American countries including Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Peru, and Brazil.
At Cisco, he oversaw sales and marketing teams across the region. Later, he led Extreme Networks’ operations in Brazil and Southern Cone, and most recently served as General Sales Director at Genesys.
Although a computer science graduate from Almeida from Universidade Mackenzie, Almeida spent much of his career helping his employers devise better marketing and business strategies.
“We are thrilled that Eduardo will lead our Unisys team in Latin America as we strive to achieve the high growth potential that the region offers,” said Hutto. “Throughout Eduardo’s career, what has marked his success is his ability to develop and lead strong teams.”
Unisys has been present in Latin America for more than a decade, but the region accounts for barely 10% of its global revenue. It has employed about 4,000 people, with nearly half of them based in Brazil.
Colombia’s Interconexion Electrica and large Brazilian banks are its key customers. Two years ago, it landed a lucrative contract with US chocolate maker Hershey to provide IT services for its Brazilian operations.