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Susan McDonough at home with her 3 sons, 2 nephews and niece, aged 3 to 16.

Work-life integration can provide challenges like no other, as working parents can attest to. Cisco continues to meet this challenge with various programs that have been recognized by Working Mother magazine’s prestigious 2012 100 Best Companies list. And we’re extremely proud of Susan McDonough, vice president of Corporate Development at Cisco who leads the acquisition integration and operations, named as Working Mother of the Year in the same publication.

Susan McDonough leads a team responsible for enabling maximum value capture from the companies Cisco acquires in support of  its “build, buy, and partner” innovation strategy. This is a demanding position; requiring a leader with both the vision to identify what’s possible and the execution capabilities to turn that vision into a reality.

During her twelve year career at Cisco, Susan has engaged on over 50 acquisitions, representing close to one-third of Cisco’s total acquisitions and touching almost 20 percent of Cisco’s employees. Susan and her team have been recognized for their best in class methodology in CFO magazine, The Deal magazine and Frost & Sullivan’s Best Practice Guidebook.

Susan is a strong advocate for the company’s inclusion and diversity initiatives; investing in future leaders within her organization by mentoring others.

“Sometimes it can feel as though everyone is holding it together except you, so it’s important for women to know they have a support network of people dealing with the same challenges they are and providing ideas that can help us all reach our potential.”

She truly is a woman of achievement; balancing responsibilities to her family and company in a way that has enabled their collective success. 

About Working Mother

Working Mother awarded companies nationally for their wide array of progressive workplace programs, including child care, flexibility, advancement and paid family leave—recognizing leadership in creating family-friendly policy and culture.

Cisco has appeared on the much sought-after list every year since 2001 with only two exceptions: in 2006 and 2008. Since that time, we have been on the list for four consecutive years. The 100 Best Companies are profiled in the October/November issue of Working Mother in the Best Companies section and will be honored at the Work Life Congress in October.

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