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Padmasree Warrior

Chief Technology and Strategy Officer, Cisco

Cisco Chief Technology & Strategy Officer Padmasree Warrior is charged with aligning technology development and corporate strategy to enable Cisco to anticipate, shape, and lead major market transitions. She helps direct technology and operational innovation across the company and oversees strategic partnerships, mergers and acquisitions, the integration of new business models, the incubation of new technologies, and the cultivation of world-class technical talent. In previous roles, Padmasree served as CTO and SVP of engineering.

Padmasree joined Cisco in 2007. Prior to that, she was EVP and CTO at Motorola. Under her leadership, Motorola was awarded the 2004 National Medal of Technology.

She has been widely recognized for her creative, visionary leadership. In 2012, Forbes named her one of “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women,” Business Insider called her one of the “25 Most Influential Women in Wireless,” and the Aspen Institute honored her with its first Leadership in Science and Technology Award. The Wall Street Journal has called Padmasree one of “50 Women to Watch,” Fast Company included her among the “100 Most Creative People in Business,” and The Economic Times listed her as the “11th Most Influential Global Indian.”

Padmasree has served on government initiatives, industry advisory boards, and charitable and community organizations. She received the U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce’s Excellence Award and YWCA Metropolitan Chicago’s Outstanding Woman of Achievement Award. In 2007, she was inducted into the Women in Information Technology International Hall of Fame.