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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.

Articles

August 24, 2022

INNOVATION

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

INNOVATION

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

EXECUTIVE PLATFORM

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

EXECUTIVE PLATFORM

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.

November 19, 2021

EXECUTIVE PLATFORM

How a Global Pandemic Changed the Way We Work, Forever

The way we work has transitioned, and the future of work is more strategic than ever. The day the music stopped, the game changed, and now hybrid work depends on team collaboration tools and the definition of your needs.

November 9, 2021

EXECUTIVE PLATFORM

An Insider’s View to Cisco’s Software Evolution

Introducing the third generation of Cisco’s flagship buying program, the Enterprise Agreement. The new Cisco Enterprise Agreement provides one common agreement inclusive of our entire enterprise software portfolio, radically simplifying how our customers and partners experience Cisco software.

October 20, 2021

EXECUTIVE PLATFORM

Must-Have Tools for Hybrid (Remote) Work

Let's face it: today's work is hybrid. What essential tools do you use to stay productive? And which self-care tips are helping to keep you sane? Denise Lee, VP of Global Product Marketing, shares three tools that make hybrid work more manageable and seamless.

June 3, 2021

SMALL BUSINESS

Sheer Necessity Forces Life Learning Academy to be Innovative in Returning to Normalcy

For any parent who has children in the California public school systems, news reports about the progress (or lack thereof) the state had been making in returning kids back to schools were disheartening to say the least. One school who was clearly ahead of this curve is San Francisco-based Life Learning Academy (LLA). By sheer necessity, LLA always set its own course when it comes to educating its nearly 60 students.