Liz Centoni

SVP, Emerging Technologies & Incubation at Cisco

Liz is Senior Vice President of Cisco Emerging Technologies and Incubation. She leads the team that incubates new business opportunities, and drives teams working on breakthrough, emerging solutions. Liz's team identifies and incubates projects outside of the core and creates new markets and businesses for Cisco. This team is also responsible for progressing Cisco's important work with Standards bodies and will help form and manage new research partnerships with leading-edge Universities.

Prior to this role, Liz was Senior Vice President and General Manager of Cisco's Cloud, Compute, and IoT business where she drove the business and engineering strategy and solutions across these portfolios. Liz also spent two years as the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Cisco's Computing Systems Product Group, accelerating the success of Cisco's flagship Unified Computing Systems (UCS) and HyperFlex product families. Prior roles include: Vice President of Engineering Strategy and Portfolio Planning, as well as key roles within engineering leadership teams, where she was responsible for shaping, guiding and helping to manage Cisco's engineering strategy and execution. She has also served as Vice President and General Manager of the Service Provider Access Group where she led strategy, marketing direction and engineering efforts to grow Cisco's portfolio of Carrier Ethernet Access solutions.

Since joining Cisco in 2000, Liz has a strong track record in various engineering roles where she was instrumental in bringing to market industry-leading products and managing global teams. Mentorship, talent development and leadership are also an important priority for Liz and she is an active mentor and sponsor of underrepresented groups. She is the Cisco Global Executive Sponsor for the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program. Liz is a proud recipient of the YWCA 2015 TWIN award and Million Women Mentors 2015 Mentor of the Year award.

Liz serves on the Board of Directors for Ingersoll Rand Inc. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for The Tech Interactive.

Liz holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Mumbai and a M.B.A. from the University of San Francisco.



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