Having led strategic planning efforts for Comcast and Cisco Systems, Inc., Inder Singh continues to build on a reputation for insightful leadership and the ability to delineate strategies for increasing profitability and client satisfaction. Prior to joining the executive team at Comcast, Inder Singh served as senior vice president of data networking and wireline equipment at Lehman Brothers.
According to recent reports, business leaders anticipate the possibility of economic volatility over the next three years. Organizations therefore continue to emphasize risk management to ensure that they meet corporate goals for productivity and profitability. The focus of this endeavor entails aggressive and nimble response to business risks and opportunities; the enactment of such programs protects companies from threats to revenue while positioning them to take advantage of new prospects to build value.
Companies increasingly stress the importance of identifying and addressing threats or opportunities quickly. New technology and enhanced employee training help achieve that vigilance, with best practices for compliance, monitoring, and risk assessment also noted as important to safeguarding the organization. In addition, companies benefit from keeping an eye out for economic fluctuations that could affect suppliers, customers, and other critical business functions.
Inder Singh has served as an executive at companies such as Cisco and Comcast. Currently, he is an advisor to the United States Department of Homeland Security on national security as a tech industry expert. Possessing Series 7 and 63 licenses, he earned degrees in finance and engineering from New York University and Columbia. Most recently, he worked at Comcast as a senior vice president. Inder Singh previously worked at Cisco Systems as a vice president of corporate portfolio management and long range planning. His comprehensive knowledge of finance and securities encompasses modern techniques such as quantitative financing, as well as traditional methods like corporate raiding.
Corporate raiding, which was especially popular in the 1970s and 1980s, involved purchasing a large number of shares in a publicly traded business and then using shareholder voting rights to control the direction of the company in order to increase the value of shares. The methods of increasing share values often came in the form of downsizing and liquidating. During the 1990s, measures were put in to place to prevent corporate raids, although today’s activist shareholders perform similar practices.
With more than two decades of experience in business finance, technology, and management, Inder Singh offers considerable expertise to organizations seeking long-range planning and cohesive information systems. Inder Singh served as senior vice president of finance and strategic planning for Comcast and as vice president of corporate portfolio management and long-range planning at Cisco Systems, Inc.
Business intelligence involves the collection, storage, and analysis of information critical to the formation and implementation of cohesive, effective corporate strategies. Data for this purpose often includes market research, product profitability, customer profiling, and evaluation of distribution and inventory processes. By analyzing such statistics, companies gain the opportunity to optimize their long-term and short-term competitive positions.
According to recent business intelligence reports, current trends indicate that growth in the technology sector is likely to continue in Africa, the Middle East, and Russia. Experts note that the uptick can be attributed to the sustained deployment of technology solutions and connectivity in those regions. Moreover, the increasingly global nature of business spurs the establishment of new manufacturing and distribution centers there, as well as the voice and data systems that allow them to share information with corporate partners and suppliers. In addition to promoting profitability and productivity, the deployment of these tools enables companies to record business intelligence data that further enhances the realization of corporate goals.
Inder Singh, a vice president at Cisco Systems, has a strong background of executive leadership, including roles at AT&T, Lucent Technologies, American Express, and Comcast. With Inder Singh’s help, Comcast has become a major force in telecommunications.
Comcast’s on-demand viewing service, Xfinity, now provides a summer of access to popular children’s shows. Xfinity’s mobile capabilities allow subscribers to watch their favorite series while on vacation. During the latter part of July, viewers can tune in free to Xfinity’s wi-fi system.
Children’s shows include Dora the Explorer, the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Sid the Science Kid, and My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Xfinity also offers classic children’s movies for downloading, among them Brave, Finding Nemo, and Freaky Friday.
In collaboration with Common Sense Media, Xfinity helps parents make informed choices by embedding film and television ratings. Parents can filter programs for age-appropriateness; they can also use a TV player application on Apple devices to locate kid-friendly shows and movies.
Inder Singh joined Cisco Systems, Inc., in 2008 as Vice President for Strategic Planning. A year later, the company named him Vice President for Corporate Portfolio Management and Long Range Planning.
In the accompanying video, Inder Singh discusses Cisco’s rapid, sustained growth of the past two decades, as well as his efforts to craft a forecasting and portfolio management system that will guide the company’s continued growth.
A multinational corporation operating in more than 160 countries, Cisco System’s core business strategies focus on networking and communications technology. In the video, Inder Singh referred to discussions with CEO John T. Chambers about his desire to continue the company’s fast pace of growth, despite its size.
To facilitate this strategy, Inder Singh helped put together a framework for forecasting potential areas of investment. He outlined one path to growth that includes looking at existing markets, adjacent markets, and new markets. As a strategy, Mr. Chambers favors investing in technology transition, which means, essentially, waiting for a disruption in a given market and then investing in it.
According to Inder Singh, portfolio management for Cisco means examining ways of taking Cisco’s existing business of networking and making it relevant to other markets. He cited an example in his career, where Cisco is partnering to build a “smart city.” This means, Singh noted, learning the real estate business, which until now has not been a part of Cisco’s core competency.
The video conferencing market is another area of opportunity for Cisco to nudge itself into adjacent markets. Video conferencing and other collaboration markets, such as social networking, represent a $30 billion opportunity for the company.
Portfolio management provides a structure for the management team to assess and forecast the company’s current operations against future opportunities.