Charlie Johnston

Senior Vice President

Human Resources at Cisco

Charlie Johnston leads HR for the Global Sales, Marketing and Country HR teams across the world. In his 11 years with Cisco he has spearheaded and led the implementation of many leading-edge strategies to attract, retain, develop and engage the most diverse talent possible. Along with his global HR team, he has driven programs to focus on the importance of conscious leadership in a high-trust team environment. Charlie pioneered Cisco’s People Deal, launched in 2015, which signals what the company expects of its employees and what they should expect in return as Cisco embarked on its biggest company transformation to date. He is a huge advocate for how the melding of HR and technology is facilitating the exciting next generation workplace.

Prior to joining Cisco in May 2007, Charlie spent a number of years at IBM, where latterly he headed up the HR function of the Global Services arm of IBM UK.

A proud Scot, Charlie studied International Business with Human Resources Management at Stirling University.

Charlie and his partner Ben moved to the US in 2015 from London. They’re enjoying living in San Francisco and making the most of the Californian lifestyle.


November 1, 2018


Acting on Our Core Values

2 min read

Cisco is dedicated to taking a stand against any actions that threaten the equal rights, safety, and dignity of all people and will continue supporting the LGBTQ+ community.