John Baekelmans

Chief Technology Officer
Internet of Everything (IoE) Solutions group

John Baekelmans is Chief Technology Officer for Cisco’s Internet of Everything (IoE) Solutions group. His organization delivers solutions in a number of vertical areas like Manufacturing, Smart Cities, Utilities, Retail, etc.

He and his team drive next generation innovations and drive thought leadership globally. He not only ensures the right foundational products get created and prioritized but also ensures relevant business outcomes.

John has spent 20 years at Cisco where he held various leadership positions within Engineering, Services and the M&A departments. He led Cisco's initial autonomic computing and self-healing (Smart Services) efforts and has authored numerous US and European patents. John was also the co-founder of a Belgian residential solutions startup called Fifthplay. Before joining Cisco, John designed, implemented and operated large PBX-networks at Siemens.

John obtained a Masters degree in Computer Science from the University of Antwerp, Belgium and is a former Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE). In his spare time, he is engaged in Belgium’s National fast response rescue team to assist in global disasters and also leads Cisco’s Disaster Response team for EMEAR. He loves to ski, is an advanced scuba diver and currently lives in London.

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