As Vice President of IoT Vertical Business for Cisco, Tony Shakib leads strategy for the Connected Industries Group, focusing on architectural development, thought leadership, and customer business relevance across the Process Manufacturing, Discrete Manufacturing, Transportation, M2M, and Defense verticals.
Tony has more than 27 years of business leadership and management experience in the communications space. Prior to his current role, he held the positions of VP of Americas Service Provider Architectures and VP of Service Provider for Cisco Emerging Markets. His external viewpoint, business acumen, and strong technical foundation drove the organization to achieve notable success with strategic Service Provider accounts in 134 countries in North America, South America, Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Russia.
Before joining Cisco, Tony was President and CEO of Zensys Inc., a leading provider of low-power, mesh networking wireless technology. No stranger to high-growth markets, he led the company to realize 300 percent revenue growth. Prior to Zensys, he held the positions of VP and General Manager of Access and Networking for Centrillium Communications, where he harnessed the power of globalization by establishing a strong engineering team in India, while also carrying responsibility for 100 percent of the company's revenue. Tony’s first CEO role was at AOptix Technologies, where he captured $18 Million in venture funding. He also spent more than 18 years at Nortel driving business units including Broadband Access and Access Networks Engineering.
Shakib holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering with honors in Math from McMaster and Brock Universities in Ontario, Canada.