SVP, Engineering and CTO, Cisco Systems
As Chief Technology Officer, Padmasree Warrior helps define Cisco's technological strategy and drives innovation across the company, working closely with the senior executive team and Board of Directors. As an evangelist for what's possible, she pushes Cisco to stretch beyond its current capabilities, not just in technology, but also in its strategic partnerships and new business models.
In her role as the Senior Vice President of Engineering, Warrior co-leads Cisco's Engineering organization alongside Senior Vice President, Engineering, Pankaj Patel. Together they set the vision and strategy for the organization, and they lead a team of over 24,000 engineers to execute on the group's strategic priorities. Warrior focuses on core switching, collaboration, data center/virtualization, and cloud technologies, as well as architectures for business transformation.
In addition to her work at Cisco, Warrior serves on a broad range of government and industry advisory boards, as well as those of charitable and community organizations. Recently, the San Jose Mercury News listed her as one of the 2011 Valley's Most Powerful Women. Fast Company magazine listed her among the '100 Most Creative People in Business,' and she was one of six women nationwide selected to receive the 'Women Elevating Science and Technology' award from Working Woman magazine. In addition, she received the 2009 Annual Achievement Award by the Forum for Women Executives and Entrepreneurs. 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. In 2007 she was awarded an honorary doctorate of engineering from New York's Polytechnic University.