People: EXFO Inc (EXF.TO)
7 Mar 2014
Mr. Pierre-Paul Allard is Independent Director of Exfo Inc., since September 10, 2008. He has been a board member of many other technology companies in Canada and in the US. Today, he is also an active philanthropist for l’Institut de Cardiologie de Québec. Mr. Allard is presently Vice-President, Sales and Operations, Global Industries for Cisco Systems Inc., where he has held several senior management positions over the last 18 years. More recently, Mr. Allard was President and CEO of Cisco Systems Canada. Currently, he is responsible for all field operations of Cisco’s Global Enterprise Client segment, focusing on new business models, market transition opportunities and increased customer satisfaction. Prior to joining Cisco, Mr. Allard worked for IBM Canada for 12 years. In 2002, Mr. Allard co-chaired the Canadian e-Business Initiative, a private-public partnership aiming to measure the role e-Business plays in increasing productivity levels, job creation and competitive position. In 1998, he was the laureate of the Arista-Sunlife Award, for Top Young Entrepreneur in Enterprise, by the Montreal Chamber of Commerce. In 2003, he received the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, which highlights contributions to Canada. In the same year, he was also awarded the prestigious Trudeau Medal from the University of Ottawa, Tefler School of Management. Pierre-Paul Allard holds a bachelor’s and masters’ degree in Business Administration from the University of Ottawa, in Canada. Vice-President, Sales and Operations, Global Industries for Cisco Systems Inc.
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