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Ned Hooper

Chief Strategy Officer, Cisco

Ned Hooper is SVP and CSO at Cisco.  He is responsible for driving the development of Cisco’s business vision and strategy to identify the next key market transitions across customer segments and to develop integrated strategies that leverage all Cisco assets.  He also leads Corporate Development and is responsible for business development activities.  Prior to his current role, Hooper was VP of Corporate Business Development, where he led the company’s acquisition strategy.  Through acquisitions including IronPort, Airespace, Scientific Atlanta, WebEx, Tandberg and Starent, Cisco has expanded into new markets, resulting in several billion dollars of additional annual revenue since 2002.  Hooper also led Cisco’s consumer business, managing the company’s consumer strategy and vision to focus on delivering consumer products and solutions that leveraged networking and video applications.  Previously, Hooper carried out Cisco’s strategy for entering the packet telephony local services market with a solution for carriers and cable operators to deliver voice-over-IP services for consumers.  Hooper joined Cisco through the acquisition of Lightspeed International, where he was Director of Business Development responsible for implementing a global distribution strategy.