Isabella Yani

Chief of Staff

Office of the Chief Customer and Partner Officer, Jeff Sharritts

Isabella Yani serves as the Chief of Staff to Cisco’s Chief Customer and Partner Officer Jeff Sharritts. Isabella’s role is to help scale the multi-year Go-To-Market transformation and strategic growth efforts across the company by leading cross-organization collaboration with the Executive Leadership Team and the Sales and Marketing Leadership Teams. With 18 years of industry experience, Isabella brings extensive expertise in customer-facing and partner-facing sales, sales leadership, and strategic planning across all customer segments, industries, and partnership types. She has held several leadership roles across Cisco’s sales and partner organizations. Immediately prior to this role, she served as the head of Global Partner Managed Services Sales Acceleration, where she led a team focused on growing partner managed services offerings around the globe. Prior to that, she led Enterprise and Service Provider sales at AppDynamics. Before that, she was the Chief of Staff and Director of Business Development and Sales Operations for the Americas Partner Organization. She’s been a Regional Sales Manager in SLED, a Partner Sales Leader, a Partner Account Manager, and began her Cisco career as an Account Manager in Commercial and US Public Sector. Isabella is passionate about investing in female tech talent. She served as the regional leader for Girls Power Tech, a mentor for Cisco ElevateHER, and volunteers at her local high school to mentor female STEM students. She is dedicated to community service through Habitat for Humanity and has helped build eight Cisco-sponsored homes in the Phoenix Metro Area. Isabella is a multi-year CRN Women of the Channel honoree, a 2021 CRN Women of the Channel Power 100 recipient, a featured Cisco blogger, and a sought-after conference speaker. Isabella lives in Arizona with her husband, their two children, and two dogs. She is an avid reader, dedicated yogini, and loves outdoor sports like surfing, skiing, and road cycling.


February 25, 2019


If Cisco’s Next Product Were a Time Machine: Lessons For My Younger Self

3 min read

Isabella share what she would have done differently if she could go back and re-live her first five years at Cisco.

October 3, 2017


Closing the Confidence Gap

4 min read

On our first Facebook Live Isabella shared that men feel they only need 50% of the skills to apply for a job, whereas women feel they need 80-90% -- in this post she encourages women to feel empowered to apply for tech roles.

July 25, 2017


Cisco Couples

3 min read

Isabella and her husband both work at Cisco, here she shares the stories of other Cisco Couples throughout the company.