Senior Vice President
Cisco Services Platforms Group
Mala Anand is senior vice president for the Cisco Services Platforms Group. Anand is committed to software go-to-market execution, operational excellence, innovative approaches to solving business problems, and partnering cross-functionally to help drive market-leadership for Cisco. She is responsible for Cisco’s software-enabled smart services, big data and analytics, application integration solutions, IoE application enablement platforms and industry solutions portfolios and products. She has over 20 years experience leading product and service strategy for large enterprise software companies. Her expertise includes strategy and execution in the areas of technology innovation, go-to-market, product line development, and cloud-based product and service strategy.
In her previous role as vice president of the Cisco Services Product Group, Anand was responsible for the vision, strategy, and execution of the software-enabled services portfolio. Her innovative approach to smart services, including smart interactions growth within social media and online modalities, helped Cisco exceed one billion dollars in bookings and contributed to Cisco’s services differention in the market. Under her leadership, Cisco Services Product Group launched over 15 market-leading software and service products, along with numerous technology patents.
Prior to Cisco, Anand held senior executive positions in product, services, and technology business units and holds multiple technology patents. She also served as COO and senior vice president for Informative, a private software company focusing on software enabled business analytics. In addition, she was also entrepreneur in residence for the venture capital firm Kliener Perkins Caufield and Byers, and prior to that developed software products for Corosoft (BMC), Rapt (Microsoft) and Beyond, Inc. Anand has also led enterprise software teams at Oracle and Digital Equipment Corporation focusing on software products and technology visions, go-to-market strategies, and the delivery of enterprise software and services.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from University of Massachusetts and a master’s degree in computer science from Brown University.