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Chuck Robbins

Chief Executive Officer, Cisco

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Chuck Robbins

Chuck Robbins is the Chief Executive Officer of Cisco and a member of its Board of Directors. He assumed the role on July 26, 2015. As CEO, Chuck leads an Executive Leadership Team focused on Cisco’s vision to change the way the world works, lives, plays and learns. Under his leadership, Cisco is empowering its customers to create and deliver value as every country, city and company becomes digital.

In his previous role as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Field Operations for Cisco, Chuck led the company’s Worldwide Sales and Partner Organizations, and helped drive and execute many of the company’s investment areas and strategy shifts. He also sponsored the security and collaboration businesses at the executive level and was a key champion for the Sourcefire and Meraki acquisitions. Chuck has more than 20 years of leadership experience. Over his 18 years at Cisco, he served as Senior Vice President of The Americas, Cisco’s largest geographic region; Senior Vice President of U.S. Enterprise, Commercial and Canada; Senior Vice President of U.S. Commercial Sales; and Segment Vice President, U.S. and Canada channel organization, where he was instrumental in helping build the industry’s most powerful partner program, now worth more than $40B in revenue to the company each year. He was recognized by CRN Magazine as one of the top Channel Chiefs in 2008, and VARBusiness named him one of the Top 100 Channel Executives in both 2005 and 2006.

After joining Cisco in 1997 as an account manager, Chuck quickly advanced to the roles of regional manager and operations director. Prior to joining Cisco, he held management positions at Bay Networks and Ascend Communications.

Chuck is the Chairman of the US-Japan Business Council, Chair of the IT Governors Steering Committee for the World Economic Forum and a Member of the International Business Council for the World Economic Forum and The Business Roundtable. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the MS Society of Northern California and on the Georgia Tech Advisory Board for the President of Georgia Tech.

Chuck holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a computer science concentration from the University of North Carolina.

Guillermo Diaz, Jr.

Senior Vice President and CIO, Cisco

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Guillermo Diaz, Jr.

Guillermo Diaz, Jr., is responsible for Cisco’s global Information Technology organization, its strategy and services. His focus is on driving the business outcomes critical to the secure digital transformation of Cisco, its customers and partners. Together with his team, Guillermo is responsible for strengthening Cisco’s foundational business capabilities, enabling new business models, and building the digital skills and talent that the organization will need in the future.

Guillermo is a key leader of the Cisco Diversity Council and the executive sponsor of Conexión, Cisco’s Hispanic/Latino employee resource network.

Since joining the company in 2000, Guillermo has been a major driver in the development of Cisco’s world class IT organization. He has led initiatives that transformed significant business foundations, from the Cisco IT Networked infrastructure to key business IT application areas. These application areas include Cisco’s $45B+ Electronic Commerce, Technical Services, Professional Services, Service Sales and Marketing, Customer Service, Cisco Capital, and Cloud/SaaS platforms.

Prior to Cisco, Guillermo held senior IT leadership positions with some of Silicon Valley’s most respected companies including Director of Global Network Services for Silicon Graphics, Senior Director of IT for Intelligent Electronics (Ingram Micro), and Manager of Telecommunications for Alza Corporation. He began his career in telecommunications with the United States Navy, where a military scholarship led to his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Regis University in Colorado.

Guillermo is the recipient of the 2016 Top 10 LIDERES award and the 2015 Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC) “Estrella of the Year” award for outstanding individual leadership in the Information Technology field. He was also honored as one of 100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM. In addition, he has been recognized by the Silicon Valley Business Journal as 2014 Best CIO Community Champion and as one of the Top Hispanics in IT from 2009-2014 by HITEC. Other awards include the National Eagle Leadership Award in 2010 and CIO Magazine’s “Ones to Watch” Award in 2007.

Guillermo lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and four children.

David Goeckeler

Executive Vice President & GM, Networking & Security Business, Cisco

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David Goeckeler

David Goeckeler is the Executive Vice President and General Manager of Cisco’s Networking and Security Business with responsibility for more than $32 billion of the company’s global technology franchise. He leads a global team of more than 20,000 engineers and oversees Cisco’s networking and security strategy and market acceleration, including development operations for the company’s expansive technology portfolio and strategic acquisitions.

A 17-year Cisco veteran, Goeckeler is known as a transformational leader with proven business expertise and deep technical knowledge. He is responsible for defining and building technologies to deliver Cisco’s vision — an intent-based platform that redefines networking from the ground up enabling customers to automate their infrastructure and secure their digital business.

Prior to his current role, Goeckeler was the leader of Cisco’s Security Business. He was instrumental in defining Cisco’s threat-centric security strategy and transitioning the business to a software and recurring revenue based model, and returning the business to share-gaining growth. Under his lea dership, the Security Group also acquired and successfully integrated multiple companies, solidifying Cisco’s place as the largest Security vendor in the industry.

Goeckeler has held engineering leadership roles across both the Enterprise and Service Provider markets in his career with Cisco, including Voice over IP, SP Mobility, Video Infrastructure, Networking, and his most recent work in the Security Business. He has both driven organic innovation across these businesses as well as led and integrated large and small acquisitions. Prior to Cisco, he held engineering and senior management positions at Bell Laboratories and BellSouth Telecommunications. He has also been active in several entrepreneurial ventures.

Goeckeler holds bachelor’s degrees in computer science and mathematics from the University of Missouri at Columbia, a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a master’s degree in business administration from both Columbia University and the University of California at Berkeley.

Goeckeler is widely recognized for his leadership and operational excellence. In 2012, he received Frost and Sullivan’s Excellence Award in Engineering Operations.