JL Valente

Vice President, Product Management, Enterprise Routing and SD-WAN

Networking Experiences Team

JL Valente leads product management in the Networking Experiences Team with direct responsibility for the enterprise routing, SD-WAN, and multi-cloud networking portfolio. In this role, he is globally responsible for product strategy, definition, and delivery. He is also the executive sponsor of a number of key service provider accounts. A highly respected industry veteran, Valente joined Cisco in 2013 as a software executive with 25 years of operating and leadership experience in building international software businesses. He is a technology advocate with intimate knowledge of the evolution of networking and information technology. At Cisco, he led the service provider network automation strategy including the acquisition of Tail-f, organized the initial 5G initiative including OpenvRAN, brought to market Cisco telco cloud and the first SDWAN aaS platform known as ngena. Previously, he led the product management of Cisco Cloud Platform and Solutions Group portfolio across network automation and cloud management. A sought-after industry speaker, he is often featured at venues such as Mobile World Congress, CTIA and many Cisco hosted events. Prior to Cisco he was President and CEO of blueKiwi, a social business startup, which was acquired by the IT service firm Atos to form the backbone of the Atos Zero eMail initiative. Before that, Valente was CEO of RiverMuse, an IT operations software company. He also held leadership positions at software companies including InfoVista, Viasoft (now ASG), and CA where he led regional and worldwide marketing for its information management division. He also spent a year as an entrepreneur in residence with Atlas Venture, where he focused on the wireless industry.


January 6, 2021


Bringing Office-Quality Connectivity to Home Teleworkers with SD-WAN

5 min read

Learn how IT can step up to provide enterprise-grade services to high-value teleworkers for whom every minute with clients, customers, and coworkers counts.

October 20, 2020


Introducing the Catalyst 8000 Edge Family, Cisco’s New SD-WAN Platform

4 min read

Cisco's new Catalyst 8000 Edge Platforms, and the Catalyst Cellular Gateway, are built for SASE, Multicloud, and the WAN Edge.

February 12, 2019


Cisco & ngena Enable Accelerated Turnkey Global Networking Solution

5 min read

How Cisco and ngena are helping entrepreneurs get back what they preciously need: Time...

The Digital Transformation Comes With A New Approach to Service Assurance

3 min read

NFV and SDN are past their hype cycle and way into gaining significant traction since their initial introductions into the market. Many of our customers who have deployed or plan to deploy our solutions based on these technologies understand that an important factor for realizing the full benefits of NFV and SDN is service assurance. […]

September 16, 2015


Capitalizing on Your Evolved Programmable Network through Faster and More Efficient Cloud Services Delivery

2 min read

SDN (Software Defined Networking) and NFV (Network Functions Virtualization) technologies are expected to help Service Providers gain new efficiencies and previously unimagined speed and agility in cloud services delivery so they can seize new business opportunities and achieve continued growth. Specifically, SDN in the data center helps you abstract services and applications from the complexities […]

Innovation in Action: Exciting Catalyst Demonstrations at TM Forum Live in Nice

2 min read

Last month, I encouraged you to come visit our booth at TMFLive! in Nice to see how Cisco’s unified service management solution helps Service Providers transform their networks into centers of excellence for building customer trust and loyalty by enhancing the customer experience. Now I am proud to announce that, once again, Cisco has partnered […]

Customer Centered, Cloud Service Management: Come See it in Action at TM Forum Live in Nice

1 min read

No one will question that a significant contributor to a company’s long term success is customer loyalty. Loyalty is gained by providing your customers with an experience that make them keep coming back to you for more, and even bringing along others with them – ultimately helping you drive more revenue and profitability. Technologies like […]

eHealth: Bridging the Divide

2 min read

I’m proud to announce that Cisco and our partners have been awarded the ‘Best Application of Frameworx’ award by TM Forum, through our participation in last year’s Catalyst Program. Demonstrations were held during the TM Forum Live! Digital Disruption 2014 event in San Jose. For those of you not familiar with this program, it is […]

Agility – A service provider’s Secret Weapon

2 min read

Written by Tom Davies, Technical Solutions Architect The world can be a tough place for a service provider in today’s marketplace. Revenue per customer is declining and margins are shrinking. Over-the-top players are delivering services at an ever increasing pace and systems integrators are positioning themselves as end-to-end providers of complex services. It is a […]

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