Jean-Luc Valente

Vice President & General Manager
Service Provider - Cloud Platforms & Solutions Group

JL Valente is Vice President for the Service Provider Business inside the Cloud Group, and the General Manager for the Next-Generation Enterprise Network Alliance (NGENA) industrial partnership. NGENA is an alliance of leading service providers around the world focused on delivering virtualized network services, seamlessly, to multi-national companies. JL also looks after the CPSG initiatives that directly intersect with the service provider business including cloud native evolution of Cisco’s network function portfolio, NFV cloud infrastructure, edge platform and multi-cloud. In addition JL is responsible for the Working Group 2 partnership and executive sponsor of the Orange Group and Telenor Group.

Valente joined Cisco in 2013 as a software executive with 30 years of operating and leadership experience in building international software businesses. He is a technology advocate with an intimate knowledge of the evolution of networking and information technology. JL led the Ericsson partnership and 5G service provider strategy out of the SP business unit. He also contributed to the creation of the Cisco Service Provider Cloud and Virtualization Group and managed Cisco Service Provider Software Portfolio including SDN, Management and Orchestration.

Prior to Cisco he was President and CEO of a French social business startup, which was acquired by the IT service firm Atos to form the backbone of the Atos Zero eMailTM initiative. Previously JL was CEO of RiverMuse, an IT operations software company. He also had leadership positions at software companies including InfoVista, Viasoft (now ASG), and CA where he led regional and worldwide marketing for its information management division between 1987 and 1996. He also spent a year as an entrepreneur in residence with Atlas Venture, where he focused on the wireless industry.

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