Chris White

Senior Vice President

IoT Global Sales

Chris White is Senior Vice President for Internet of Things (IoT) Global Sales. He is responsible for the go-to-market strategy, solutions, and global sales for Cisco’s industry-leading IoT growth initiative.

A passionate change agent, Chris believes companies must act now and transform to compete in an ever-changing digital world. As everything becomes connected, “we are facing the biggest transition ever in technology during our lifetime,” Chris noted speaking at digital business industry events including TEDxOrangeCoast2014 and the Internet of Things World Forum 2015.

In his two decades working for Cisco, Chris has built a track record of launching new businesses and building them into market leaders. In his current role, he transformed five Cisco business units into Cisco’s market-leading Internet of Everything growth initiative, building Cisco’s number one market share in sports and entertainment solutions, and creating Cisco’s fast-growing Internet of Things solutions business.

As Cisco’s vice president of emerging technologies, Chris incubated and launched a number of technologies, including building Cisco’s Smart Grid solutions into a global market leader by helping companies manage energy more efficiently.

While serving as Cisco’s vice president of globalization, Chris pioneered Cisco’s globalization strategy from his base in Bangalore, India, setting up support for Cisco’s growth engine in emerging countries, and forming important new partnerships with Wipro, Infosys, and Tata.

Chris holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Kingston University in Kingston-upon Thames, London. He is also a member of the advisory board of the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine.

He lives in Southern California with his wife, Trish, and children, Elle and Alec.

Follow Chris on Twitter @chriswhiteusa, and read his perspectives on Cisco's The Platform (news and executive insights).


June 27, 2016


The Team Behind the Team

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When an NBA basketball team takes the floor for a game, the fans in the stands, in sports bars and at home all focus on the team’s starting line-up. When...

June 23, 2016


Where ‘Digital’ and ‘People’ Meet, a Sweet Spot for Banks

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In a world of roboadvisors, mobile payment apps, and automated processes, do people still matter in banking? I believe the answer is a resounding “Yes!” In fact, as agile, online “fintechs” continue to challenge retail banks, I see people as more of an advantage than ever. After all, those online-only disruptors can’t match banks for […]

December 4, 2015


As Manufacturers Go Digital, Customer Value Expands

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Every single day, I’m reminded that a digital revolution is taking place—from researching local coffee places on the dashboard of my car to ordering coffee on my mobile device—it’s clear that our lives are becoming more digitized. This is also apparent for the businesses and industries that manufacture the goods that we use everyday. In […]

October 23, 2015


Digital Adoption Lifecycle: Don’t Be a Laggard

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I can remember it vividly: The year was 1995, and I was working at a start up in Silicon Valley. What was the Internet like back then? It was certainly not ubiquitous, as it is today. At that point, the Internet was still fledgling—although it was exploding—and ecommerce was starting to take off. There was […]

February 3, 2015


Big Results at the Biggest Events

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It is only a matter of time before all the major sports venues throughout the world will be connected. Consider this – five years ago, Cisco Connected Stadium Wi-Fi, the...

November 12, 2014


IoT Tipping Point Propels Digital Experience Era

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Call me an optimist. We are fortunate today to watch the dawn of the Digital Experience era as the world becomes digitally more and more connected. Consider that there are...

October 16, 2014


IOT World Forum Private Sector Roundtable

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The Internet of Things (IoT) is here and driving change in every industry, including the private sector. As companies begin to widely create Internet of Things innovations, businesses are adapting and connecting the unconnected and advancing their business goals. There is approximately $14.4 trillion at stake in the private sector over the next 10 years […]

January 23, 2014


Football to Football – Transforming the Fan Experience

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With all eyes in the United States centered squarely on the Big Game coming up in a few weeks – the first time ever that it will be played in a cold weather environment – we have turned our attention to another type of football, one played the world over. On Tuesday, the Norwegian Professional […]

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