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  1. 1. Cisco Executives At-A-GlanceWim ElfrinkEVP, Industry Solutions & Chief Globalisation OfficerWim Elfrink heads three global functions: Ciscos IndustrySolutions initiatives, Emerging Countries initiatives and thecompanys globalisation strategy. Elfrink is also an officer ofthe company.He established Ciscos Globalisation Centre East (GCE) inBangalore, India. Over four years, Elfrink grew the GCE to bean innovation hub. Now with 11,000 employees in thecompanys smartest and most sustainable campus, thisorganization is focused on developing and deliveringindustry-based market-making solutions that are scaledglobally.Full biography: MenonPresident, Smart+Connected Communities and Cisco Deputy ChiefGlobalisation OfficerAnil is responsible for developing the strategy and leadingthe global execution of Cisco’s S+CC business.Anil also serves as Ciscoʹs Deputy Chief Globalisation Officer,helping Cisco identify and drive the development of newsolutions and business models for its customers worldwide.As the Executive Sponsor of Cisco’s Emerging Countriesinitiatives, he is responsible for identifying and addressingthe next set of transformational opportunities in emergingcountries like BRIC‐M (Brazil, Russia, India, China and Mexico)and TIPSS (Turkey, Indonesia, Poland, Saudi Arabia and SouthAfrica). Anil’s charter is to enable the transformation of theseemerging countries by aligning Cisco’s technologies, andbusiness architecture capabilities with the nations’ long andmedium term developmental goals.Full biography:
  2. 2. Patrick S. FinnSenior Vice President, U.S. Public Sector OrganizationPatrick Finn leads Ciscos growth and integrated businessplan for the U.S. Public sector, which includes state and localgovernments, educational institutions and the U.S. federalgovernment. His team works to transformation how thepublic sector protects, serves and educates by leveraging thenetwork to connect, innovate and lead.Working closely with various Cisco groups, Finn manages thedevelopment and deployment of technology solutions thatenhance national defense and education systems, improvecitizen services, secure information, and enhance healthcaredelivery.Finn will be leading the U.S. Public Sector portions of CiscoLive including the keynote and customer roundtables, as wellas a Public Sector Analyst Roundtable as part of C-Scape.Full biography: SoderberySenior Vice President and General Manager, Cisco Enterprise NetworksRob Soderbery leads Cisco’s Enterprise Networks businessRob Soderbery will be leading the first press conference atCisco Live, just as he has done for the past three Cisco Liveevents.Rob is responsible for Cisco’s core networking business,driving all decisions for Cisco’s core networking business,which includes all enterprise switching, routing and wirelesstechnology, including the products that make up thefoundation for the Internet of Things.Full biography:
  3. 3. David WardSenior Vice President, Engineering Chief Technology Officer and ChiefArchitectAs Engineering CTO and Chief Architect at Cisco Systems,David is responsible for defining strategy and leading researchand development of new innovation via tight partnershipswith customers and academia. He is known in the industrybecause of his knowledge and expertise in IP/MPLS routing,high availability, network design, and systems software.David held the roles of software architect for IOS-XR; co-system architect of the CRS-1 multi-terabit router & ASR9000;and co-system architect of several next generation routers,line cards, route processors and service blades for multiplerouting products in Cisco’s Service Provider portfolio.Paul PerezChief Technology Officer, Data Center GroupPaul Perez is Vice President and Chief Technology Officer forCisco’s Data Center Group, responsible for leading the overalltechnology strategy for products and solutions associatedwith server access virtualization, Cisco Catalyst and CiscoNexus switching solutions, Cisco MDS storage switches, andCisco ACE load-balancing software. He is also an executivesponsor for innovation and works broadly with his peersacross Cisco to grow technical leaders, cross-pollinatetechnologies, and keep Cisco differentiated in cloudcomputing for 21st century workloads.
  4. 4. Dave EvansChief Futurist, Senior Director & Chief TechnologistIn his roles as chief futurist for Cisco, and senior director andchief technologist of the Cisco Internet Business SolutionsGroup (IBSG) Innovations Practice, Dave Evans is equal partsblue-sky prognosticator and hands-on builder and tester. Onany given day, he might be pondering the social implicationsof people living to be 200 (“Your 401[k] would surely run out,”he muses) or demonstrating a drag-and-drop car dashboardthat could be in dealer showrooms in just a few model years.As senior director and chief technologist, Evans works closelywith some of the world’s largest companies, but it’s hisvisionary streak that has garneredinternational mediaattention on topics such as robotics, the “Internet of Things,”and the phenomenon he has dubbed “The TechnologyAvalanche.” His work has been featured on DiscoveryChannel, MSNBC, and CNNMoney, and in Fortune,Businessweek, The New York Times, the National Post, andmany other publications.Inbar Lasser-RaabSenior Director, Enterprise Networking GroupInbar Lasser-Raab is a Senior Director of Cisco’s EnterpriseNetworking Group, responsible for the Marketing of Cisco’sEnterprise Routing, Mobility and WAN OptimizationPortfolios. These market-leading solutions are shaping thefuture of IT, accelerating the adoption of cloud, Bring YourOwn Device (BYOD), video and Virtual Desktops.In her role, Inbar frequently meets with IT leaders andindustry influencers to discuss IT trends and strategies, andshe is a veteran industry speaker. She is also responsible forseveral of Cisco’s most successful marketing campaigns.Prior to joining Cisco, Inbar was Vice President of Marketing atRiverstone Networks. She managed the company’sWorldwide Marketing and Channel activities, and was part ofthe Turn-Around Team driving the companys acquisition byLucent. Prior to that, Inbar was a Director of ProductMarketing at Nortel and Rad Data Communications.
  5. 5. Rob LloydPresident, Development and SalesAs President, Development and Sales, Robert Lloyd isresponsible for Ciscos development and sales efforts, as thecompany creates tighter connections between customerrequirements and innovation, along with ensuring greaterspeed-to-market. Lloyds organization manages the alignmentand acceleration of Ciscos technology innovation to enable afaster response to market transitions, increased customerrelevance, and growth.Lloyd is also a member of the Cisco Executive Committee,which sets strategic direction for each of Ciscos marketsegments.Full biography: T. ChambersChairman and Chief Executive Officer CiscoJohn Chambers is Chairman and CEO of Cisco. He has helpedgrow the company from $70 million when he joined Cisco inJanuary 1991, to $1.2 billion when he assumed the role ofCEO, to record revenues of $46 billion in FY12. In 2006,Chambers was named Chairman of the Board, in addition tohis CEO role.Full biography: MoorePresident and Chief Operating OfficerGary B. Moore is the President and Chief Operating Officer ofCisco, responsible for enabling operational excellence acrossthe company and building capabilities for Ciscos futuregrowth.As the leader of the marketing, operations, human resources,information technology, services, transformation office, andcorporate planning groups, Moore helps to enable Ciscosvision, strategy, and innovation by managing prioritization,decision ownership, effective resource alignment,measurement, and accountability across the company. His
  6. 6. team encompasses leaders in corporate functions includingCisco Services; Marketing, Corporate Communications,Government Affairs; Human Resources; IT; and theOperations, Process, and Systems group, which includesmanufacturing, corporate social responsibility, worldwidecustomer operations, shared services, and legal teams.Full biography: ManvilleVice President, Information TechnologyJohn received his undergraduate degree in electronicengineering from the University College London and a Mastersfrom the University of Pennsylvania. He began his careerworking for telecommunications carriers before moving to aseries of New York based financial services companies invarious IT capacities. For the past four years John has workedat Cisco, where he is currently responsible for the strategy,design and operation of Cisco IT network and data centersincluding server platforms, operating systems andvirtualization technologies.David Yen, Ph.D.Senior Vice President and General Manager, Data Center GroupDavid Yen, Ph.D., is Senior Vice President and GeneralManager of the Data Center Technology Group at Cisco whichincludes Data Center Switching, Servers, Storage and LoadBalancing. He is responsible for continuing the success of thefast-growth Unified Computing System (UCS), Nexus switchingportfolios and taking Cisco’s leadership in the data center tothe next level.Yen has nearly three decades of knowledge, expertise, andpassion for engineering excellence. Before joining Cisco, hewas the Executive Vice President and General Manager of theFabric and Switching Business Group at Juniper Networks,where he led the QFabric multiyear initiative in data centernetwork research and development.Full biography:
  7. 7. Giuliano Di VitantonioVice President, Data Center and Cloud MarketingA recognized leader in enterprise solutions go-to-market formore than a decade,Giuliano Di Vitantonio is Vice President of Data Center andCloud Marketing at Cisco. In this role, he leads globalmarketing for the Cisco portfolio of products and solutionsthat target the data center and cloud infrastructure markets,across the enterprise and service provider segments. He is acore team member of Cisco’s Data Center Board and Cisco’sCloud Board, which drive innovation and customer value asCisco customers move to adopt new computing models.Di Vitantonio has been with Cisco since 2011. Prior to Cisco hespent 17 years at Hewlett-Packard, where he held leadershippositions in marketing, strategy, business development andR&D. In his last role at Hewlett-Packard, Di Vitantonio ledMarketing and Strategic Alliances for Business IntelligenceSolutions (BIS), where he was responsible for all aspects ofglobal and regional marketing for BIS, including strategicalliances with SAP Business Objects, Microsoft BI, SASInstitute, and Informatica, among others.Edzard OverbeekSenior Vice President, Cisco ServicesEdzard Overbeek is Senior Vice President for Cisco Services.He manages the Cisco services business portfolio, whichdelivers unique and strategic consulting, platform, advancedand technical services solutions to customers and partnersworldwide. His focus is to help our customers transform theirbusinesses through intelligent networked-based serviceofferings that support their business goals and increase theircompetitiveness, as well as ensuring efficient business andtechnical operations throughout the lifecycle of the network.Full biography:
  8. 8. Padmasree WarriorChief Technology and Strategy OfficerCisco Chief Technology & Strategy Officer Padmasree Warrioris charged with aligning technology development andcorporate strategy to enable Cisco to anticipate, shape andlead major market transitions. Warrior helps drive technologyand operational innovation across the company and overseesstrategic partnerships; mergers and acquisitions; theintegration of new business models; the incubation of newtechnologies; and the cultivation of world-class technicaltalent.Full biography: BotifollPresident, Latin America TheaterJordi Botifoll is President of the Latin America Theater atCisco. In this role, he is responsible for developing andexecuting the companys strategies for growth throughout theregion.Previously at Cisco, Botifoll was Senior Vice President of theEMEAR South Theater, where he was responsible formanaging all business in France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Portugal,Malta, Cyprus, Turkey, and Israel. Before that he was VicePresident for the Mediterranean region, during which time itbecame one of Ciscos highest-growth areas in Europeanmarkets, leading Botifoll to be named VP of the Year in 2008.Prior to that, he was Managing Director Iberia. He joined Ciscoin 1999 as General Manager of Ciscos Spanish subsidiary, andunder his leadership the Spanish business grew by more than100 percent during the first year. In 2000 he won the bestEMEA General Manager Award.Full biography:
  9. 9. Doug MerrittSenior Vice President, Product & Solutions MarketingSenior Vice President Doug Merritt is responsible for the go-to-market strategies for Cisco. His focus is to promotedifferentiation and value through unique combinations ofCiscos product and solutions portfolio.Prior to joining Cisco, Merritt led Silicon Valley startupBaynote through a period of significant investment and rapidgrowth within the emerging personalization and digitalmarketing optimization industry. Previously he was ExecutiveVice President (EVP) of Global On Demand Applications atSAP, where he was also a corporate officer and member of theExecutive Council for SAP AG.Full biography: