Ned Hooper is Chief Strategy Officer and Senior Vice President of the Consumer Business at Cisco.
As Cisco's Chief Strategy Officer, Hooper helps shape Cisco's business vision and strategy, partnering with Cisco's Operating Committee, Development Council, customer segment councils and Chief Technology Officer to identify the next key market transitions across the company's customer segments and develop integrated strategies that leverage all Cisco assets.
Hooper is responsible for Cisco's global growth strategy through business development activities including acquisitions, equity investment, and the incubation of innovative technologies.
As the leader of Cisco's consumer business, and member of Cisco's Development Council, Hooper drives the company's consumer strategy and Network as the Platform vision to deliver the next generation consumer experiences in video entertainment and communications.
Hooper is an 11-year veteran of Cisco. Prior to his current role, he was Vice President of Business Development, where he led the company's acquisition strategy focusing on growth opportunities by entering new markets and integrating innovative technologies into Cisco businesses. Through acquisitions including IronPort, Airspace, Linksys, Scientific Atlanta, and Webex, he has led Cisco's expansion in new markets, resulting in over $5 billion in additional annual revenue since 2002.
Hooper's strong management and direction have also created substantial strategic financial returns for Cisco. By leveraging the company's position as a corporate venture capitalist with a $2 billion portfolio, he has helped expand Cisco's opportunities in emerging countries and create new markets through innovation.
Previously, Hooper carried out Cisco's strategy for entering the packet telephony local services market and implemented a solution for carriers and cable operators to deliver Voice over IP services for consumers and small businesses. Hooper joined Cisco through the acquisition of Lightspeed International, where he was Director of Business Development responsible for implementing a global distribution strategy.
Hooper holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado and a master's degree in business administration from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.