Anil Menon joined Cisco in March 2009 as President, Smart+Connected Communities (S+CC). In this role, Anil is responsible for developing the strategy for the Cisco S+CC business and leading its global execution. Under his leadership, Cisco has quickly become an industry and thought leader in the use of the network as the platform to drive economic, social and environmental sustainability around the world, drawing upon hundreds of such implementations around the globe.
Anil also serves as the Cisco Deputy Chief Globalisation Officer charged with identifying and driving the development of new solutions and business models for customers worldwide. As executive sponsor of emerging countries initiatives, Anil identifies transformational opportunities in such emerging country groupings as BRIC‐M (Brazil, Russia, India, China and Mexico) and TIPSS (Turkey, Indonesia, Poland, Saudi Arabia and South Africa). His charter is to enable transformation by aligning Cisco technology and business architectures with each nation’s long- and medium-term developmental goals.
Prior to joining Cisco, Anil was IBM’s Vice President of Corporate Strategy in Growth Markets. In his seven years with IBM, he held critical global roles at both corporate and business-unit levels. Appointed by the CEO, Anil also served as a key member of the IBM Strategy Team from 2005 to 2008.
Anil was previously a successful academic and business consultant. He was on the graduate faculty in marketing at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia (US) and later rose to head of the marketing department. From 1994 to 1996, Anil served as a Sony Fellow in Business Strategy. He has been on the executive committee for the Strategy Council on Strategic Planning, an international business think tank originating from the Harvard Business School.
Anil was awarded the American Marketing Association’s prestigious Paul Root / MSI Award in 1999 for academic research in marketing and the Distinguished Marketing Practitioner Award in 2007 from Academy of Marketing Science for innovations in marketing practice.
Anil is a member of the board of directors for The Center for Customer Insights at the Yale University School of Management and is on the Advisory Board of the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School.
Anil currently lives in Bangalore as part of an international assignment.