Anil Menon


Smart+Connected Communities and Cisco Deputy Chief Globalisation Officer

Anil Menon joined Cisco in March 2009 as President, Smart+Connected Communities (S+CC). In this role, Anil is responsible for developing the strategy for the Cisco S+CC business and leading its global execution. Under his leadership, Cisco has quickly become an industry and thought leader in the use of the network as the platform to drive economic, social and environmental sustainability around the world, drawing upon hundreds of such implementations around the globe.

Anil also serves as the Cisco Deputy Chief Globalisation Officer charged with identifying and driving the development of new solutions and business models for customers worldwide. As executive sponsor of emerging countries initiatives, Anil identifies transformational opportunities in such emerging country groupings as BRIC‐M (Brazil, Russia, India, China and Mexico) and TIPSS (Turkey, Indonesia, Poland, Saudi Arabia and South Africa). His charter is to enable transformation by aligning Cisco technology and business architectures with each nation’s long- and medium-term developmental goals.

Prior to joining Cisco, Anil was IBM’s Vice President of Corporate Strategy in Growth Markets. In his seven years with IBM, he held critical global roles at both corporate and business-unit levels. Appointed by the CEO, Anil also served as a key member of the IBM Strategy Team from 2005 to 2008.

Anil was previously a successful academic and business consultant. He was on the graduate faculty in marketing at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia (US) and later rose to head of the marketing department. From 1994 to 1996, Anil served as a Sony Fellow in Business Strategy. He has been on the executive committee for the Strategy Council on Strategic Planning, an international business think tank originating from the Harvard Business School.

Anil was awarded the American Marketing Association’s prestigious Paul Root / MSI Award in 1999 for academic research in marketing and the Distinguished Marketing Practitioner Award in 2007 from Academy of Marketing Science for innovations in marketing practice.

Anil is a member of the board of directors for The Center for Customer Insights at the Yale University School of Management and is on the Advisory Board of the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School.

Anil currently lives in Bangalore as part of an international assignment.



February 22, 2018


Bringing Together Cisco Kinetic for Cities with the AT&T Smart City Operations Center

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AT&T has announced it is exploring opportunities to integrate the Cisco Kinetic for Cities platform into select AT&T Smart Cities solutions, including its AT&T Smart Cities Operations Center (SCOC).

January 5, 2018


Vive la Smart France – Digital Transformation Efforts Across France and Beyond!

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Just before the holidays, the Cisco France team organized a three-day trip for us to assess progress on smart city projects underway, strengthen relationships with city leaders and ecosystem partners, and explore new opportunities. I wanted to share the highlights of this trip with you.

November 13, 2017


New Features and Financing Options Help Fast-Track Smart City Initiatives Worldwide

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At the Smart Cities Expo World Congress in Barcelona, we announced new technology solutions, business models and financing options to help customers reach their goals faster.

October 4, 2017


Announcing Cisco Kinetic for Cities: New name, alignment and evolution for Smart+Connected Digital Platform

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As more cities and communities undertake digital transformation, Cisco continues to lead with powerful research, vision, technology, and business models all designed to guide our customers’ journey.

June 27, 2017


What Happens in Vegas…Will Extend Well Beyond!

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What Happens in Vegas…Will Extend Well Beyond! Las Vegas is one of the world’s most unusual cities, not only for its unique mix of businesses, visitors and communities, but also for its visionary leadership. Las Vegas is avidly adopting smart technologies that its mayor and her technical advisors are confident will boost the city’s reputation […]

June 24, 2016


Help Wanted: A Chief Experience Officer for Smart Cities Everywhere

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Airbnb, a key player in the new sharing economy, has recently established the role of Chief Employee Experience Officer who oversees the company’s “workplace as an experience™”—and they’ve even trademarked it—who carefully orchestrates the physical, emotional, intellectual, virtual, and aspirational elements of the work experience to inspire employees. It’s been a big hit with employees, […]

December 16, 2015


#WednesdayWalkabout Series Finale: Building a Global Digital Community

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Co-authored with Dani Schrakamp We’re ready, are you? We are now in an age so normalized by the proliferation of technology that the United Nations has declared access to the...

October 7, 2015


#WednesdayWalkabout Series: Digital Countries – Stories of Success

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Co-authored with Dani Schrakamp All aboard the digital express Communities and countries of all sizes are in motion toward a digital future…and if not, they risk being left behind. This...

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