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David Ward

Vice President
Chief Architect & CTO of Engineering

As CTO and Chief Architect of the Service Provider Division at Cisco Systems, David defines the strategy, design and development of the division's transport and mobility equipment, core, edge and access routers, and operating system. He leads research and development of new technology via tight partnerships with customers and academia and his work is found in multiple standards bodies. He also works closely with packetcom providers on the evolution and architecture of their networks and emerging services.

David has held the roles of software architect for IOS-XR; co-system architect of the CRS-1 & CRS-3 multi-terabit router & the ASR900; and co-system architect of several next line cards, route processors and service blades in Cisco’s Service Provider portfolio.


David has a small vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains and an heirloom tomato farm along the St Croix River in Somerset, Wisconsin. He is also a volunteer Fire Captain for the Loma Chiquita Fire Department.

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