Vice President, Internet of Things Go-to-Market Solutions
General Manager, Sports and Entertainment Group Cisco
Chris White is Vice President and General Manager of the Sports and Entertainment Solutions Group (SESG) at Cisco. In this role, he leads the development, management, and delivery of Cisco sports and entertainment solutions, enhancing fan experiences around the world. White also drives Cisco go-to-market (GTM) strategy for the Internet of Things (IoT), the next wave of connectivity that links objects, devices, and sensors over an intelligent network to generate efficiency gains, new business opportunities, and quality-of-life improvements.
White holds a two-decade track record in transformational leadership, advancing success within Cisco for 17 years. He previously served as Vice President of Global Sales for the Emerging Technologies Group, creating effective GTM models and teams to aggressively incubate and grow Cisco’s five Emerging Technologies businesses, including a successful launch into the global utility market with Connected Energy/Smart Grid Networks and the acceleration of the Physical Security Solutions into high-growth engines and market-making solutions for Cisco. White’s other Cisco leadership roles include Vice President of Sales for Linksys and the U.S. Western Area, where he earned Cisco’s Top Sales VP/GM award. He also served as Chief of Staff of the Cisco Globalization Center East in Bangalore, India, where he established a critical research-and-development, data-center, and globalization hub supporting emerging markets.
A seasoned leader, White believes in the power of diversity, leveraging and developing talent, integrated and extended teams, and true business partnerships that translate into long-term business success in a “flat,” connected, ever-changing world. Prior to joining Cisco, White held executive roles at companies in the United States and Europe, including two successful start-ups: Network Managers (UK) Ltd., which was purchased by Microsoft in 1992, and TGV Software Inc., which realized its initial public offering in 1994 and was purchased by Cisco in 1995.
Born and educated in England, White represented Great Britain in the World Rowing Championships in 1981 and 1982. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Kingston University (U.K.), and he is an advisor and board member of the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine (U.S.). White and his wife of 23 years, Trish, have lived in many countries across the globe and are the proud parents of son Alec, 14, and daughter Elle, 11.