This is the fourteenth in the series of interviews with business leaders in the ‘customer’ space, leading authors, thought leaders and general all round good guys and gals, that I think that you will find interesting and helpful in growing your businesses.
Today, I wanted to introduce you to Vala Afshar, Chief Customer Officer for Enterasys, who I connected with on Twitter after he spotted my post: What else can you do with customer testimonials? and retweeted it. Following that, I reached out to Vala being intrigues by his title: Chief Customer Officer and asked him if he’d like to be interviewed for the blog.
I was very pleased when he agreed. Our conversation covered a number of areas. Here are some of the highlights:
About Vala (from Enterasys’ website)
Vala Afshar is Chief Customer Officer for Enterasys Networks, a Siemens Enterprise Communications Company. Afshar is responsible for worldwide services operations and technical support functions including contact center operations, field engineering, support engineering and infrastructure technologies. Afshar and his team have successfully implemented an award winning (CRM Magazine Elite Services) cloud computing customer relationship management framework that enables Enterasys to use business and performance management analytics to achieve best-in-class customer satisfaction and employee retention. Enterasys’ strong technical service and support capabilities are recognized globally by customers, partners and industry analysts as a true company differentiator.
Afshar joined Cabletron in 1996 and has held a variety of increasingly senior-level management positions at both Cabletron and Enterasys. Previously, Afshar was Vice President Services, Vice President of System Quality Assurance, Solutions Engineering, and Worldwide Educational Services. Afshar earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts.