Francine Katsoudas

Chief People Officer

Francine Katsoudas is Cisco’s Chief People Officer. Katsoudas is a proven business leader who builds strong business partnerships to shape enterprise-wide strategies, while implementing best-in-class human resource solutions. She plays a key role in driving overall company performance, leading organizational strategy, driving operational effectiveness and elevating team performance through innovative leadership.

Katsoudas is evolving Cisco’s approach to strategic workforce planning with programs that highlight the skills and capabilities employees need to be innovative in today’s dynamic technology driven environment. She is passionate about fostering a culture of full spectrum participation by leveraging inclusion and collaboration to drive exponential business value.

An 18-year veteran of Cisco, Katsoudas has extensive experience leading organizational transformations, driving large scale growth, talent acquisition, leadership development, and succession planning. Prior to her current role, she was the HR leader and business partner to the Engineering leadership team helping to drive transformation of the 25,000+ person Engineering organization. She has also held leadership positions in Service Provider, HR Operations, Customer Service, Acquisition Integration and Services.

Prior to Cisco, Katsoudas worked in both the financial and professional services industries with a focus on customer service and operations.

Katsoudas was recently named a 2014 TWIN Honoree by the YWCA Silicon Valley Tribute to Women Selection Committee. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and photography.

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