As President and CEO of Canalys since its founding in 1998, Steve Brazier delivers in-depth analysis, targeted trends insights and senior counsel to high-tech decision-makers. Now ranked as one of the top 30 global industry analyst firms, Canalys has established successful operations across three continents – Europe, North America and Asia.
Steve’s expertise spans the full range of the firm’s research areas including mobility, IT infrastructure and channel strategy. He is recognized in the technology industry as a leading source of distribution channel trends and routes-to-market strategy.
Previously, Steve worked for the Dataquest subsidiary of Gartner, where he held various posts, culminating in Principal Analyst and Associate Director. Prior to 1993, Steve was a consultant for technology research firm INTECO (now Gartner-owned), for which he worked for a time in Norwalk, Connecticut.
Steve holds a Joint Honors Degree in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Bristol, UK. He also completed an International Executive Management Program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business in the United States.
Vice President, Americas Distribution - Cisco
As Vice President of Americas Distribution, Andrew is responsible for all aspects of sales, marketing, operations and logistics for the multi-billion dollar Americas Distribution Channel, a cornerstone of Cisco’s Partner Led sales strategy.
Previously, as Vice President of Worldwide Partner Led Sales, he was responsible for accelerating the global success of the Partner Led selling model -- one of two selling models for Cisco that empowers and rewards Cisco partners to lead sales with midsize and small customers.
Andrew also held the positions of Vice President, Worldwide Small Business Sales, and Vice President, Worldwide Channels Marketing.
Andrew joined Cisco in August, 1999 and has more than 20 years of networking industry experience. He brings a broad knowledge of the high tech industry to his current position. He has led several key initiatives to successfully introduce Cisco Systems into new markets and build new go-to-market capabilities.
Prior to joining Cisco, he spent three years as Regional Vice President for Olicom, Inc. and has also held positions with CrossComm Corporation and Olivetti Canada, Limited.
Andrew has a degree in Economics from the University of Toronto. He currently lives in Pleasanton, California with his wife and three children.
Executive Vice President - Canalys
Rita Chaher manages Canalys’ overall services and events business in the Americas, APAC and EMEA regions.
Rita has recently completed Harvard Business School’s Leadership (HBS) executive training program.
Prior to joining Canalys in 2006, Rita worked in both the international and Argentinean legal market for Chaher-Sticca y Asoc in Mendoza, Argentina, becoming a member of the Mendoza Bar Association, and an active member of COLADIC (Latin American Council of International and Comparative Law) and IMLA (International Media Law Association).
Before graduating as a lawyer, Rita completed an internship for the Program in Comparative Media Law and Policy at the Center for Socio-Legal Studies, Oxford University, where she corresponded with presenters and lecturers of the High Level EU-Latin American and Caribbean Information Society. She also took part in the Media Law Advocate Training Program at Oriel College.
Rita qualified as a solicitor in Argentina, at Mendoza University, and speaks English and Spanish.
Vice President, Marketing - Canalys
Rachel Lashford leads Canalys’ worldwide marketing activities, promoting the company, its global services and apps, and Canalys' partner community, Candefero.
Rachel joined Canalys in September 2000 and is now based in its EMEA office in the UK. In her previous role at Canalys, she was leading a global team of industry analysts and technology product-based services. She also worked in Singapore for nine years, leading Canalys’ APAC operations after having established the company’s first office in the region in 2006. This was followed by the opening of the Shanghai office in 2011.
Rachel presents on mobility, autonomous vehicles and emerging tech trends at various vendor and industry events as well as Canalys forums. She is widely quoted in the top-tier press, as well as appearing regularly on major news channels. She has advised clients around the world and has been involved in numerous custom projects.
Before Canalys, Rachel worked in the industrial chemicals industry, for Bayer. She graduated from Warwick University with an Honors Degree in Philosophy and participated in INSEAD’s "Leading for results" program.