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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. Warrior helps drive 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 her previous role, Warrior served as chief technology officer (CTO) and also co-led Cisco's worldwide engineering organization. As senior vice president, Engineering, she was responsible for core switching, collaboration, cloud computing and data center/virtualization, security, and architectures for business transformation.
Warrior joined Cisco in 2007. Prior to that, she was executive vice president and CTO at Motorola. Under her leadership, Motorola was awarded the 2004 National Medal of Technology.
Warrior 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 Warrior 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."
Warrior has served on government initiatives, industry advisory boards, and charitable and community organizations. She received the United States 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.
Warrior holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi and a Master of Science degree in chemical engineering from Cornell University.