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This is an excerpt from our “Legends” series, where we profile the top sales and marketing leaders around the world, digging deep into their formative experiences and lived lessons.Jeremy Duggan got his big career break when he was passed over for a promotion. It was his first sales job and Duggan had quickly emerged as the top rep in his region. He was sure he’d be rewarded for his hard work and performance with a bigger role. Instead, his boss gave him some blunt feedback: He didn’t have what it takes to be a successful manager.Duggan didn’t get upset. Instead, he focused on the reason he came up short, and then vowed never to let it hold him back again.During a 25-year career in sales, Duggan has delivered on that determination. He helped turn software maker AppDynamics into an enterprise powerhouse that Cisco acquired for $3.7 billion. In addition to his six years there, which began in 2013, he’s been country and regional lead at several big software makers including Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC), BladeLogic, and BMC Software. He’s currently an advisor or investor in several startups, including MongoDB, Castore, People.ai, and DataRobot.Today, Duggan is well-known among sales leads on both sides of the Atlantic for his ability to build high-performing sales organizations. At AppDynamics, where he ran the company’s entire line of sales and go-to-market initiatives in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, Duggan helped the company grow from $23.6 million in revenue in the fiscal year ending January 2014 to a run rate of more $200 million when Cisco announced its acquisition of the software maker in January 2017—almost 10x growth in four years.
Just because you come from a working-class area or a school that’s not great doesn’t mean you can’t go and be a digital marketer at Google or a data analyst at Fujitsu and then have a route into the boardroom. I don’t think we’ve made that easy as a society, and that’s what we’re trying to do. So, if I can do that, that’s me putting something in, taking what I’ve learnt in the last 25 years and putting it to good use.”
Here are some of his keys to success: