Global & Strategic Partner Organization
Dawn Duross is currently a Senior Director in Cisco’s Global & Strategic Partner Organization, responsible for managing a portfolio of Cisco’s global partnerships including Deloitte, Microsoft, SAP, Citrix, Google and Apple. Duross and her team drive executive alignment, partner strategy, and Go to Market activities with these firms to drive business outcomes in key technology areas such as Data Center, Cloud, and Collaboration.
Previously at Cisco, Duross was the Senior Director of Cisco’s US Public Sector & Solution Integrator Partner Organization, where she was responsible for working with a broad set of complex, multidimensional partners to meet the needs of private and public sector customers. Additionally, she was the Operations Director for federal channels and government system integrators, responsible for the global strategy and management of Cisco’s federal partnerships.
Duross has led Cisco’s Global Government SI Council. She has served on the Cisco Gender Diversity Operating Committee and has been co-host of the Women’s Channel Leadership Conference.
Prior to joining Cisco, Duross was Director of Federal Sales for Thinking Machines Corporation, a supercomputer manufacturer. She also held account executive and business development positions at Oracle Corporation and Hewlett Packard. Duross has also been an industry analyst at IDC covering emerging technologies.
In 2010, Duross was one of CRN’s Top Women in the Channel. In 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2010, Duross was listed among the 50 Most Powerful Women of the Channel by Everything Channel (formerly CMP Channel). Among her other awards, Duross was named Government Channel Executive of the Year by GovernmentVAR in and was recognized as one of the Top Channel Executives to Watch by VARBusiness. She also served on the Board of Directors of TechAmerica (formerly ITAA).
Duross holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan and a Master’s degree in journalism and public affairs from American University in Washington, D.C.