SAN JOSÉ, CA | Tuesday, September 11, 2018

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March of Dimes is pleased to announce the appointment of Nirav Sheth as Chair of this year’s March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction Silicon Valley. Nirav Sheth is the Solutions, Architectures, & Engineering leader for the Global Partner Organization at Cisco, the worldwide leader in networking – transforming how people connect, communication and collaborate. As chair of the Signature Chefs Auction, one of Silicon Valley’s much-anticipated charity food events, Nirav will spearhead the fundraising efforts, raising critical funds to benefit the March of Dimes’ mission to lead the fight to improve the health of all moms and babies. Signature Chefs Auction Silicon Valley will take place Thursday, November 8,  2018 at The GlassHouse in Downtown San José. The evening begins at 5:00 p.m. with an extraordinary tasting of Silicon Valley’s most desirable cuisine, prepared and served by culinary masters from top local establishments, followed by a seated dessert program and a rousing live auction, offering an opportunity to bid on unique experiences and exciting travel and leisure packages.

Nirav first became involved with March of Dimes when he served as the sponsor for all of Cisco Services fundraising efforts supporting the 2012 and 2013 March for Babies walks.”Through the course of that process, I learned so much about March of Dimes, its mission, and, the truly global impact the organization has on families around the world,” says Nirav. “The health and well-being of families is something that we can all relate to; but for my family, there is a deeper connection: my family had quite a scare when we were expecting our second child. Had our daughter arrived early, she would have benefited from the March of Dimes’ research.”

“We’re honored to have Nirav Sheth as our Signature Chefs Auction Silicon Valley Chair,” says Robert Pinnix, March of Dimes Greater Bay Area Executive Director. “His passion for innovation and our cause, will strengthen March of Dimes’ work to find new solutions to give all babies the best possible start in life.”

As a member of Cisco’s executive team, Nirav’s team leads partner enablement, capacity, technology strategy, and expanding routes to market. They also help partners build practice capabilities to bring Cisco solutions to market, and thus supports more than 90% of Cisco revenue. He currently resides in Livermore area with his family. 

In addition to his role of this year’s Signature Chefs Auction Silicon Valley Chair, Nirav recently joined the local March of Dimes board. Nirav joins other Cisco executives who serve on the local board, including José van Dijk, Cisco’s Customer Experience Chief of Staff and Chief Transformation Officer and the newly appointed Chair of the March of Dimes Greater Bay Area Market Board and Pavani Reddy, Director Strategic Planning, Marketing Operations & Business Analytics.

March of Dimes gives 4 million babies born each year the best possible start. Nearly half a million of them are born prematurely or with birth defects. Premature birth and its complications are the largest contributors to infant death in the U.S. and pregnancy-related death has more than doubled over the past 25 years. From advocacy to education to research, we’re working to level the playing field so that all moms and babies are healthy.

About March of Dimes

March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. We support research, lead programs and provide education and advocacy so that every baby can have the best possible start. Building on a successful 80-year legacy of impact and innovation, we empower every mom and every family.

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