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Liz Centoni

Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer

General Manager, Applications

As Chief Strategy Officer and GM, Applications, Liz Centoni partners with the Executive Leadership team, other General Managers, and functional leaders to drive the company’s overall strategic direction, and leads a team incubating emerging solutions to create new markets and businesses for Cisco. As the GM of Applications, Liz is responsible for Cisco’s portfolio of solutions that power optimized experiences for our customers' applications, which are increasingly central to their businesses in today’s digital, cloud-first world. Liz is a voting member of Cisco’s Investment review board which directs the company’s efforts with startups and the global venture community. 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 for this global portfolio. Previously, she led the Service Provider Access Group as Vice President and General Manager, responsible for strategy, marketing direction and engineering efforts to grow Cisco's portfolio of Carrier Ethernet Access solutions. She has also served as a Vice President of Engineering Strategy and Portfolio Planning and held multiple engineering roles leading global teams building software and central engineering services, executing engineering plans with feature velocity, quality and focus on getting it right for the customer. Mentorship, talent development and leadership are 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 serves on the Board of Directors for Daimler AG and Ingersoll Rand Inc. 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

April 30, 2021

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Cisco – the Bridge to an API-first, Cloud Native World

The traditional development of applications is giving way to a new era of modern application development.

January 15, 2021

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Application-First Infrastructures

Application-first Infrastructure for modern applications is here, and Cisco is uniquely positioned to deliver a simplified, unified application infrastructure that breaks down silos across developers, operations and security teams.

November 16, 2020

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The Future of Cloud-Native Connectivity: Cisco Announces Intent to Acquire Banzai Cloud

1/15/20 Update: Cisco has completed the acquisition of Banzai Cloud. Welcome to Cisco! As modern cloud-native applications become more pervasive, the environments in which these applications run are becoming thinner (containers, microservices, functions), increasingly distributed and more geographically diverse. Emerging cloud infrastructure technologies give rise to unique implementation challenges as the modern cloud-native application relies […]

October 1, 2020

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.