Denise Lee

Vice President

Engineering Sustainability Office

Denise Lee is Vice President for Cisco’s Engineering Sustainability Office where she leads a team that is defining Cisco’s long-term sustainability vision and roadmap, building new business blueprints and embedding prototype offers across multiple portfolios. She and her team collaborate across every function of the business to develop and create integrated capabilities that serve as the foundation to incubate and scale sustainable products that accelerate the journey to net zero for Cisco, its customers and partners. In her prior role as VP, Customer Solutions Marketing, Denise was responsible for product marketing, unifying the voices of engineering, sales, and marketing into a singular story to position Cisco’s portfolio roadmap and market development through thought leadership. She set strategy and led a cross-functional ecosystem chartered with breathing life into the benefits customers can expect from their Cisco investments and solutions adoption. As a Silicon Valley native steeped in the start-up culture and enterprise mind-set, Denise is an accomplished leader, with experience spanning business strategy and operations, product marketing, global sales strategy and planning, global operations and customer support. Skilled at interconnecting diverse points of view in a highly matrixed environment, Denise builds and transforms organizations to accelerate growth. Denise is a transformational leader inspired by purpose, driven by large scale impact, and dedicated to building world-class teams. Her interests in sustainability and renewable energy, global health, and aiding those in our local communities sustain her mission to complement corporate growth with social giving. Denise holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California Berkeley Haas School of Business and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.


October 24, 2023


Prioritizing sustainability can open doors to profitability

Cisco has made sustainability a priority for many years, and we recently launched Cisco’s next generation environmental sustainability strategy. As a part of that, we have also set a goal to reach net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across our value chain by 2040.

September 13, 2023


Building a Sustainable Future Together

Cisco is innovating to help our customers lower emissions, increase energy efficiency, reduce their carbon footprint, as well as provide visibility and insights to support our customer’s sustainability initiatives. Here are practical steps to getting started on the Net Zero journey.

February 3, 2023


De-Carbing the Data Center

Cisco and Hitachi Vantara are known for deploying proven solutions that make an immediate impact for our customers. Together, we bring a joint portfolio of network, compute, and storage technologies to tackle the greatest challenge of our time.

December 6, 2022


Internet2 Next-Generation Infrastructure: Bringing Sustainability to the Forefront

Learn how Cisco helped Internet2’s Next-Generation Infrastructure reduce its power consumption and carbon footprint through new hardware solutions and more efficient software-enabled network operations.

August 24, 2022


Can the Smart Building tech of
22 Bishopsgate help solve another energy crisis?

Cisco’s Smart Building technologies are helping organizations achieve their sustainability goals, and they could point the way towards staving off another global energy crisis.

June 6, 2022


Technology for good: Accelerating our path to a sustainable future

Learn how the new Engineering Sustainability Office is forging a path for a more sustainable future for Cisco and our customers.

March 18, 2022


How Our Desire for Sustainability will Shape Hybrid Work

When work is no longer a place we go, but what we do, our choices make a difference. The cross-section of hybrid work and sustainability is an opportunity for doing good. And doing good is good for business.

February 2, 2022


When to ditch the sweatpants

Wearing comfortable pants is one thing that makes remote work popular, but there are times when ditching the sweats make sense.

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