Kip Compton is Vice President of Cisco’s Internet of Things (IoT) Systems & Software group. In this role, he leads Cisco’s product businesses focused on IoT. One of the company's top priorities, the Internet of Things is the extension of Internet technologies to devices in industrial markets (Utilities, Manufacturing, Oil & Gas, Transportation, etc.). The IoT systems and software group provides a growing portfolio of products from embedded software for sensors, wired and wireless connectivity (switches, access points), ruggedized (and embedded) routers (for example for use in cars, trucks, trains, planes), surveillance cameras, and recording systems. By 2020, there will be 50 Billion devices connected to the Internet (Cisco Visual Networking Index Report, 2013).
Compton has more than 20 years of senior leadership experience in systems, software, and network engineering including roles in both equipment vendors and service providers. His areas of interest include video, distributed systems, content distribution, collaboration technologies, and digital media security.
In previous roles at Cisco, Compton was Acting GM of Cisco’s SP Video Software & Solutions group, CTO for Cisco’s Video & Collaboration group and Vice President & General Manager of Strategy & Product Management for the Service Provider Video Technology Group.
Compton served three years with Comcast as vice president of video and media engineering. In that role, he led the team responsible for developing Comcast’s nationwide digital cable, content security, video on-demand, and streaming media infrastructure and services.
Compton held roles at Cisco from 1998 to 2002 as director of technology strategy and later director of entertainment solutions, responsible for defining Cisco’s technology and solutions strategy in areas including cable, digital video, streaming media and XML/Web services.Compton holds a Bachelor of Science in computer science and Master of Engineering degree in electrical engineering and computer science, both from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the Wharton School. Compton has multiple patents in the areas of digital video, content security, and networking.