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Chet Namboodri

Senior Director

Global Private Sector Industries Marketing

Chet leads Cisco’s Global Private Sector Industries Marketing team with the mission to accelerate digital business transformation for customers within the Manufacturing, Energy, Financial Services, Retail, Hospitality, and Sports and Entertainment industries. As Senior Director, he is responsible for industry strategy, market development, and content marketing that bridge IT and networking capabilities for new digital business models and value propositions focused on customers’ lines of business.

Chet brings nearly three decades of cross-functional, multi-industry experience, leadership and expertise to this role. Before joining Cisco in 2007, he was Global Director of Industry Marketing at General Electric. Over 15 years he served several different business entities at GE, leading results for both bottom-line profitability and top-line growth.

Chet earned a mechanical engineering Bachelor of Science degree summa cum laude from Clemson University and a Master of Science degree from Virginia Tech. He is married with three children and lives in the Research Triangle area of NC.

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October 2, 2015

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Security for the Digital Manufacturer: Recap of recent #CiscoChat

Earlier this week, I hosted a #CiscoChat along with other team members of the @CiscoMFG team including Nancy Cam-Winget (@ncamwingw), an industrial security expert and Distinguished Engineer at Cisco, along with cohost Gregory Wilcox (@gswilcox_ohio) of our strategic alliance partner Rockwell Automation (@ROKAutomation). We had a thought-provoking interchange on how new digital business models impact […]

September 17, 2015

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#CiscoChat: Industrial Security: Critical for Digital Manufacturing?

Manufacturing is undergoing radical advancements, much like the ones we’ve seen in healthcare and education, thanks to the Internet of Everything (IoE) and all of the people, data, processes and things it connects. By 2020, it’s estimated that there will be 50 billion devices and objects connected to the Internet, including many of the devices […]

June 4, 2015

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IoE/IoT Globetrotting Part 2: Off to CiscoLive!

Having recently returned from weeks of event keynotes, customer roundtables, briefings and engagements (plus a few culinary adventures) in Greater China, I’ll start there with a few insights and observations. Despite one of the sharpest slow-downs in the Chinese manufacturing sector in recent history that have continued to shrink for the third consecutive month, I […]

How IoE Enabled the Automotive Connected Factory of the Future

For most manufacturing companies today, product and services innovation, the introduction of new models, and the need for flexibility and workforce engagement are some of the business drivers requiring a new way to look at factory automation. Often, the ideal opportunity to tackle these challenges arises when a company is expanding capacity or building a […]

April 23, 2015

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We’re Ready to Obsolete Product Recalls: Are You?

“Product Recall.” Just these two words are enough to strike fear in the heart of a manufacturer.  As John Kern points out in his blog, The Internet of Everything Will Help Solve Problems That Lead To Recalls, “Product recalls can be a headache for customers and consumers, but a financial nightmare for manufacturers.” Not only are longer-term corporate […]

April 20, 2015

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Manufacturing Customer IoE/IoT Globe Trotting: Part 1

From my home in North Carolina to San Diego, to Atlanta and all the way to Greater China—Shanghai, Shenzhen and Taipei—throughout April, I am presenting at several Manufacturing industry, Supply Chain executive, and Internet of Things (IoT) regional events, along with visiting all types of manufacturing customers. Earlier this month, I was at a customer […]

December 23, 2014

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2015 Manufacturing Industry Predictions

What’s new and trending for the industry? Well, predictions for the upcoming year as a motif is certainly not new but is definitely trending, considering the deluge of pundits concentrating...

December 4, 2014

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Get Ahead of the Curve in 2015: Invest in IoT

As the holiday season gets into full swing, executives like you are polishing off strategic and operational plans for the New Year. For many manufacturing companies, 2014 was a good year, for some outstanding, and most manufacturers are optimistic for more of the same in 2015. According to MAPI’s US Industrial Outlook, “manufacturing will continue […]

November 7, 2014

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Real-World IoT Solutions at Automation Fair 2014

In a little over two weeks, many of my colleagues at Cisco are joining customers, ecosystem partners and strategic alliance partner   Rockwell Automation for their largest user conference, Automation Fair.  Automation Fair will be held at sunny Anaheim, California from November 19th thru the 20th. Every year, we showcase the best of our real-world, joint […]