I just got the scoop that Cisco Systems in early December plans to announce that it will establish a second corporate headquarters, this one in Bangalore. Cisco, which is based in San Jose, Calif., already has a major presence in Bangalore, with about 1,200 engineers working there at its largest global development center outside the US. The company also taps into engineering and BPO help from HCL, Wipro, and Infosys. Now Cisco plans on consolidating its operations in a new campus and locating one of its top US executives there--Wim Elfrink, the senior vice-president for customer advocacy, who reports directly to CEO John Chambers. This is the first time that a major US technology company has established a corporate headquarters in India, and it's yet another sign of the growing importance of India on the world technology map.
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