HERE is pleased to announce that Edzard Overbeek has been appointed Chief Executive Officer, effective 1 March.

Edzard is currently Strategic Advisor at networking giant Cisco, a company at which he has held several senior executive roles since 2000. Most recently, he was responsible for the Global Services organization with over $12 billion in revenues and 15,000 employees. Before that he served as President of Cisco’s Asia Pacific, Japan and Greater China region, overseeing strategy and execution across all customer segments and strategic partner engagement. Prior to Cisco, he held leadership positions in companies including Fujitsu and Siemens.

He notes that HERE has a massive installed base in the automotive industry, a strong market position among impressive competitors, and technology leadership.

He also said that “The HERE location cloud is poised to be at the heart of new kinds of services that will genuinely change people’s lives – everything from autonomous cars and smart cities to digitizing enterprises.” He added that he is especially excited to be joining HERE as it plots a course as an independent entity backed a consortium of shareholders consisting of AUDI AG, BMW Group and Daimler AG.

Edzard has a long-standing passion for maps. Now, he says, “the challenge is to understand how the maps of the future will look.”

Original source: HERE