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Francine Katsoudas

Executive Vice President

Chief People, Policy & Purpose Officer

Francine Katsoudas is Executive Vice President and Chief People, Policy & Purpose Officer of Cisco. In this role, Fran oversees critical functions that instill Cisco’s conscious culture, contribute to the company’s overall performance, and advance Cisco’s purpose to Power an Inclusive Future For All. As head of the People, Policy & Purpose Organization, Fran leads an ecosystem comprised of People & Communities, Corporate Affairs, Workplace Resources, and Government Affairs & Country Digital Acceleration. This strategic alignment of functions and expertise ensures holistic care for the well-being of Cisco’s people, establishes Cisco as a trusted and valued partner to governments and global leaders, and extends Cisco’s reach to positively impact communities everywhere in alignment with the company purpose. A 25-year veteran of Cisco, Fran has extensive experience leading organizational transformations, driving large scale growth, cultivating successful leaders and teams, and constructing an employee-first culture. Prior to her current role, she served as HR business partner to the Engineering leadership team, and held positions in the Service Provider, HR Operations, Customer Service, Acquisition Integration and Services groups. Prior to Cisco, Fran worked in both the financial and professional services industries with a focus on customer service and operations. Fran currently serves on the Board of Directors for Americares, Global Citizen, and ADP. Passionate about social justice, Fran is an activist and advocate for a variety of causes close to her heart, particularly women’s leadership, homeless youth, and the Latino community. A graduate of the University of California Berkeley, Fran lives in the Bay Area with her husband and two children. Executive Biography

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Pharrell Williams and Cisco Partner to Drive an Inclusive Future in Education

3 min read

Cisco expands its partnership with Pharrell Williams’ nonprofit YELLOW to create a highly personalized and immersive education experience through YELLOWHAB. This is one more step in our mission to drive an inclusive future, demonstrating our commitment to both education and social justice.

March 23, 2022

EXECUTIVE PLATFORM

Supporting Ukraine – Within a Conscious Culture

7 min read

Cisco is committed to supporting Ukraine and impacted communities by showing up with intention and action, allowing the lessons learned from our purpose and Conscious Culture guide our response.

July 26, 2021

HIGH TECH POLICY

Now is the Moment for Broadband for All

3 min read

It’s imperative that America builds back better by providing broadband access to all Americans. Investments in rural broadband are overdue. At Cisco. we will do our part.

March 31, 2021

EXECUTIVE PLATFORM

Our Progress Towards Powering an Inclusive Recovery for All

5 min read

What will drive us all successfully into the future? Cisco EVP Fran Katsoudas shares how innovation and empathy will help ensure our recovery is an inclusive one.

March 18, 2021

HIGH TECH POLICY

Cisco Statement on House Passage of the American Dream and Promise Act of 2021

1 min read

We at Cisco applaud the House of Representatives for passing permanent legislative protection for Dreamers. Today, they are one step closer to a permanent legal solution that would allow them to become citizens in the nation they know as home.

June 16, 2020

EXECUTIVE PLATFORM

Expanding well-being & care beyond our employees in response to COVID-19

5 min read

Cisco announces a new framework for responding to injustice or a global crisis, along with a range of initiatives that extend beyond business and culture, to include well-being, social equality, and activism.

March 12, 2020

EXECUTIVE PLATFORM

Cisco’s Commitment to Our People

2 min read

Each year, for the past five years, we review pay equity in our second fiscal quarter then make the adjustments for employees in our third fiscal quarter. Since 2016, we have provided nearly $11.8M in pay equity adjustments and are committed to investing more.

December 12, 2018

EXECUTIVE PLATFORM

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

2 min read

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

EXECUTIVE PLATFORM

Between none and many, there’s a bridge

1 min read

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

EXECUTIVE PLATFORM

A Great Day at Cisco

2 min read

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

EXECUTIVE PLATFORM

Bringing Our People Deal to Life

2 min read

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

4 min read

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

EXECUTIVE PLATFORM

Cisco Committed to Diversity and Tolerance

1 min read

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

EXECUTIVE PLATFORM

Cisco Shares Workforce Diversity Data

1 min read

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 […]