Ex-Cisco legal head takes Flextronics job

Cisco’s former UK legal head Alfred Farha has resurfaced at the world’s largest technology industry contract manufacturer Flextronics.

Farha left Cisco in the summer after choosing not to relocate to the networking giant’s US headquarters. Previously he worked at Unisys.

He has been named European general counsel of Flextronics. He will be officially based in the European headquarters in Vienna but has been given a roaming role from the UK, in which he will oversee the legal affairs of the company’s operations throughout Europe, South Africa and Israel. The only operations that he will not have responsibility for are Flextronics’ Swedish networking services company and its logistics arm in Ireland.

Flextronics is a Singapore-based $14.5bn (£8.09bn) company with 100,000 employees across the globe. Its clients include Microsoft and Dell. Farha reports to general counsel Carrie Schiff, whose legal department is based in Colorado.

Farha noted the company’s recent takeover of the manufacturing operations of Nortel, saying that it was this acquisitiveness that was attractive and that it reminded him of his early days at Cisco.