Carlos Pignataro

Head of Technology and Data

Engineering Sustainability Office

Carlos Pignataro (He/Him) is the Head of Technology and Data for Cisco’s Engineering Sustainability Office. In his current role, he is charged with both embedding sustainability into the engineering roadmap, as well as leveraging the portfolio to drive sustainability outcomes for customer. He has previously held various technology and executive roles at Cisco as a Distinguished Engineer and CTO for CX and for the Services Global SP business.

Carlos has built a 20+ year career driven by a passion and curiosity for innovation, strategic thinking, and tech-for-good. He likes to think of innovation as a movement, and he cares deeply about making an impact for customers, employees, and the global community. He values working for a more diverse and inclusive workforce and is the Cisco RTP site executive sponsor for the Conexión LatinX community, and the Pride LGBTQ+ community.

An innovative network thought leader, Carlos contributes to the networking industry across many areas. This includes co-authoring or editing more than 50 Internet RFCs, four networking books, and co-inventing over 200 Issued US Patents.

Carlos is a 2021 HITEC 100 awardee, a Fellow at the National Academy of Inventors, Stevie's Tech Innovator of the Year and Information Technology Executive of the Year, Fast Company's 2021 Innovative Leader of the Year, co-founder of the International Society of Service Innovation Professionals, recipient of dozens of industry awards including the 2019 IEEE Communications Society Industrial Innovation Award, and he spreads the wealth, serving as an adjunct faculty at North Carolina State University.

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December 9, 2021


Game-changing Innovation: Co-Ideate. Code. Demo.

3 min read

When deep and broad knowledge and experience from diverse teams and customer feedback meets strategic alignment and executive sponsorship, magic happens: innovating pre-production for CX Cloud

June 30, 2021


Cutting Edge Technology to Shape our Future

3 min read

Explore, learn, and gain insights from our technical talent on key technology focus areas. Download white papers on automation, AI/ML, cloud, Cisco Secure Access Services Edge (SASE), 5G frameworks, DevSecOps, and more.

20 Years of Conexión

3 min read

Happy 20th birthday to Conexión, our Employee Resources Organization (ERO) for Latinx employees.

April 29, 2021


Hack@Home: Reimagining how we Innovate by Pivoting in a Pandemic

4 min read

Overnight everything went virtual. Learn how the Cisco Chief Technology Office, Customer Experience (CX CTO) team pivoted during unprecedented times.

The Power of Inclusive Innovation

5 min read

Now more than ever, we need Inclusive Innovation to help solve the most pressing problems we as a society face today. Learn how we are doing just that by role modeling, empowering, and enabling our teams.

September 9, 2019


Techno-Conservation Part One: A Symposium Bringing Together Conservationists, Technologists, and Academics

5 min read

Cisco and Ecole Polytechnique hosted 22 speakers and 89 academics, technologists, and conservation industry experts to share how digital technologies are used and could be applied to benefit wildlife conservation.

January 23, 2018


Career Innovation: Reinventing Yourself at Cisco

3 min read

Carlos shares how he became the most prolific patent inventor of 2017 and why he loves working at Cisco.