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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.

Articles

December 12, 2018

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Teaching New Skills & Embracing Talent from Everywhere Fuels Growth in a Rapidly Changing Digital Economy

There is growing recognition that today’s uncertainty around the economy and job creation ultimately comes down to people and what we can do for them in these times. People are at the heart of growing the new digital economy and we have to put them first in our practices and policies so that we can unlock their innovation and keep our economies growing.

November 20, 2018

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Between none and many, there’s a bridge

When we are surrounded by difference, we are better. We know diversity amongst board members, leaders, and teams has impact at scale.

January 6, 2016

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A Great Day at Cisco

There is a cultural evolution happening at Cisco, driven by our business, our innovation and technology, and most importantly, our people. It is being shaped by feedback from our employees and it is helping us define who we aspire to be as a company. It starts with Our People Deal, which is simply the understanding […]

October 13, 2015

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Bringing Our People Deal to Life

At Cisco, we want our employees to be at their best, and that means we need to bring the best to them. This is why we launched Our People Deal, which is centered around unleashing every employee’s potential by connecting everything, innovating everywhere and benefiting everyone. Our People Deal is simple: an understanding of what […]

Identifying Cisco’s Next-Generation Leader

By Roderick C. McGeary, Cisco Board Member and Chair, Compensation and Management Development Committee, and Francine Katsoudas, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer       Cisco CEO John Chambers has consistently said that the next time we would talk about CEO succession would be when a successor is announced. Today is that […]

March 30, 2015

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Cisco Committed to Diversity and Tolerance

This weekend our President and Chief Operating Officer, Gary Moore, tweeted to reiterate Cisco’s commitment to a culture of diversity and tolerance in response to Indiana’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act. In doing so, we take pride in joining the largest Indiana-based employer, Eli Lilly and Co., which called the law “bad for Indiana and […]

November 19, 2014

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Cisco Shares Workforce Diversity Data

In Cisco’s 2014 Corporate Social Responsibility Report released today, you will find a more complete perspective on the gender, ethnicity, and seniority make up of our company – in the United States and globally. While we have shared information about the diversity of our workforce since 2005, the report offers greater insight into our people […]