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Liz Centoni

Senior Vice President

Emerging Technologies and Incubation

Liz is Senior Vice President of Cisco Emerging Technologies and Incubation. She leads the team that incubates new business opportunities, and drives teams working on breakthrough, emerging solutions. Liz's team identifies and incubates projects outside of the core and creates new markets and businesses for Cisco. This team is also responsible for progressing Cisco's important work with Standards bodies and will help form and manage new research partnerships with leading-edge Universities.

Prior to this role, Liz was Senior Vice President and General Manager of Cisco's Cloud, Compute, and IoT business where she drove the business and engineering strategy and solutions across these portfolios. Liz also spent two years as the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Cisco's Computing Systems Product Group, accelerating the success of Cisco's flagship Unified Computing Systems (UCS) and HyperFlex product families. Prior roles include: Vice President of Engineering Strategy and Portfolio Planning, as well as key roles within engineering leadership teams, where she was responsible for shaping, guiding and helping to manage Cisco's engineering strategy and execution. She has also served as Vice President and General Manager of the Service Provider Access Group where she led strategy, marketing direction and engineering efforts to grow Cisco's portfolio of Carrier Ethernet Access solutions.

Since joining Cisco in 2000, Liz has a strong track record in various engineering roles where she was instrumental in bringing to market industry-leading products and managing global teams. Mentorship, talent development and leadership are also an important priority for Liz and she is an active mentor and sponsor of underrepresented groups. She is the Cisco Global Executive Sponsor for the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program. Liz is a proud recipient of the YWCA 2015 TWIN award and Million Women Mentors 2015 Mentor of the Year award.

Liz serves on the Board of Directors for Ingersoll Rand Inc. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for The Tech Interactive.

Liz holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Mumbai and a M.B.A. from the University of San Francisco.

Articles

October 1, 2020

EXECUTIVE PLATFORM

Application Security Comes into Further Focus with Intent to Acquire Portshift

10/26/2020 Update: We have completed the acquisition of Portshift. Welcome to Cisco! As the proliferation of cloud-native apps continues to accelerate with the aim to transact business efficiently and securely from anywhere, the security landscape is converging toward protecting both people and applications. Business agility requirements are pushing security up the stack and earlier in […]

June 16, 2020

EXECUTIVE PLATFORM

Cisco empowers the Inclusive Future through research and resilience

Life’s quite different than it was just a few months ago. For so many of us, we’ve shifted to working remotely. For others, that is not possible until we can get back to safely working from our place of business.

April 6, 2020

EXECUTIVE PLATFORM

Cisco Announces Intent to Acquire Fluidmesh Networks

To meet the growing demand for wireless connectivity in the most challenging environments, Cisco is announcing its intent to acquire Fluidmesh Networks, a privately-held, New York-based leader in wireless backhaul systems. Fluidmesh’s leading technology will compliment Cisco’s robust industrial wireless portfolio, providing reliable and resilient wireless solutions for mission critical applications.

January 28, 2020

EXECUTIVE PLATFORM

Securing IoT for your Competitive Advantage

Delivering visibility, analytics, automation, and security across the branch, campus, and data center into operational environments.

January 28, 2020

EXECUTIVE PLATFORM

When Apps are from Mars and Infrastructure is from Venus, how do you accelerate your Hybrid Applications?

While some vendors provide visibility into either applications or an individual tier of physical or virtual infrastructure, Cisco is the first to bridge all three layers with insight and proactive optimization.

October 17, 2019

EXECUTIVE PLATFORM

How 5G Will Accelerate Industrial IoT

With its higher data rate, ultra-reliable and lower latency connectivity, along with the massive scale of machine-to-machine communication, 5G carries enormous potential.

June 6, 2019

EXECUTIVE PLATFORM

Securing the internet of things: Cisco announces intent to acquire Sentryo

When the term ‘The Internet of Things’ was first coined in the 90’s, it was used to describe a range of interconnected sensors gathering information about the real world. Today,...

The Digital Factory, Open For Business

At Cisco, we know that manufacturing innovation depends first and foremost on a secure and reliable network, one that enables you to deliver IoT at scale.

September 25, 2017

DATA CENTER

Now taking orders for Cisco Integrated System for Microsoft Azure Stack

We are now taking orders for Cisco Integrated System for Microsoft Azure Stack, offering customers a powerful cloud-ready solution that gives them full control over how they manage data, governance, security and performance. We combined Microsoft’s robust Azure cloud platform with Cisco’s UCS server platform that is designed for cloud workloads, providing customers and partners […]