A Conversation with Cisco CTO Padmasree Warrior

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Tim O’Reilly conducts an extended one-on-one interview with Silicon Valley leader Padmasree Warrior, Cisco’s CTO. Among the wide-ranging topics we can expect to hear about are lessons learned in the private sector that may translate well to the public sector; what the cloud may mean for achieving Gov2.0; IT consolidation and growth cycles during economic austerity; and the unpredictable pathways these two technology leaders might take.

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Padmasree Warrior

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Padmasree Warrior is Cisco Systems’ Chief Technology Officer. As CTO,
she is responsible for helping drive the
company’s technological innovations and strategy, and works closely with
its senior executive team and board of
directors to align these efforts with Cisco’s corporate goals. As an
evangelist for what’s possible, she pushes the
organization to stretch beyond its current capabilities – not just in
technology, but also in its strategic partnerships
and new business models.

Warrior joined Cisco in 2007. Prior to that, she was the CTO at
Motorola, where she led a team of 26,000
engineers and directed Motorola Labs, with an annual R&D budget of $3.7
billion. Over the course of her 23 years
at that company, she served in a broad range of roles, including as
Corporate Vice President and General
Manager of Motorola’s Energy Systems Group, and as Corporate Vice
President and Chief Technology Officer for
its Semiconductor Products Sector.

Warrior’s energetic, approachable and pragmatic leadership style
integrates ideas from diverse sources, which
include engineers, sociologists, technologists, marketers, policy
experts and others. Throughout her career, she
has earned a reputation for establishing processes that tap a rich
diversity of technical, business and
entrepreneurial IQ to nurture disruptive and breakthrough innovations,
speed development time to market, and
improve the way people work, live, play and learn.

Under Warrior’s leadership, Motorola was awarded the 2004 National Medal
of Technology by the President of
the United States, the first time the company had received this honor.
Recently, the Economic Times ranked her
as the 11th Most Influential Global Indian, and the United States Pan
Asian American Chamber of Commerce
recognized her with its prestigious Excellence Award.
Warrior is also a strong and vocal advocate for women and minorities in
math, science and engineering. In 2007,
she was inducted into the Women in Information Technology International
Hall of Fame, and received the YWCA
Metropolitan Chicago Outstanding Woman of Achievement Award. She has
been recognized as a role model by
many organizations, including the Girl Scouts Illinois Crossroads
Council, Notre Dame Girls High School, the
South Asian Women Leadership Forum and as a Science Spectrum
Trailblazer. In 2001 she was one of six
women nationwide selected to receive the “Women Elevating Science and
Technology” award from Working
Woman magazine.

Warrior is also a committed community leader. She has served on the
boards of Chicago’s Joffrey Ballet and
Museum of Science and Industry, the Singapore Agency for Science,
Technology and Research (ASTAR), the
Chicago Mayor’s Technology Council, Cornell University Engineering
Council and advisory council of Indian
Institute of Technology. She previously served on the Texas Governor’s
Council for Digital Economy, the White
House Fellowships Selection Board, and the Technology Advisory Council
for the FCC and on the Advisory
U p d a t e d 0 3 / 0 8
Committee for the Computing and Information Science and Engineering of
the National Science Foundation

Warrior holds a M.S. degree in chemical engineering from Cornell
University and a B.S. degree in chemical
engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in New Delhi,
India. In 2007 she was awarded an
honorary Doctorate of Engineering from New York’s Polytechnic
University. In addition, Warrior serves on
numerous governmental, industry and charitable boards and panels. She is
married, and the proud mother of one

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