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Liz Centoni

Executive Vice President

Chief Strategy Officer & GM, Applications

As Chief Strategy Officer, Liz Centoni partners with the Executive Leadership team to drive the company's overall strategic direction. As the General Manager of Applications, Liz is responsible for the business strategy and development efforts for the SaaS portfolio that powers optimized experiences for customers' applications, which are increasingly central to their businesses in today's digital, cloud-first world. She also leads a team incubating emerging technologies to create new markets and businesses for Cisco. Liz is a voting member of Cisco's Investment review board which directs the company's efforts with startups and the global venture community. Liz is an accomplished business leader with deep technology experience and has transformed large-scale and highly complex businesses. She is recognized for developing and executing strategies, growing multi-billion-dollar global businesses and teams. 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. Liz was instrumental in developing, executing, and evangelizing Cisco's IoT portfolio strategy in Industrial IoT, Edge Intelligence and SaaS-based cellular connectivity platform for devices ranging from Connected Cars to Smart meters, driving it to profitable growth and leading Digital Transformation initiatives. In Cloud and Computing Systems, Liz led the team to define and execute the strategy enabling our customers' operating model needs in Hybrid Cloud. This included building the SaaS hybrid cloud platform, expanding into adjacent markets such as Hyperconverged and leading the industry in cloud-managed solutions for the compute market. She also led the Service Provider Access Group as Vice President and General Manager, responsible for strategy, marketing direction, and engineering efforts to grow Cisco's Carrier Ethernet Access solutions portfolio. She has 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 important priorities 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 Mercedes-Benz AG. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Mumbai and an M.B.A. from the University of San Francisco.

Articles

April 30, 2021

EXECUTIVE PLATFORM

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

3 min read

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

January 15, 2021

EXECUTIVE PLATFORM

Application-First Infrastructures

3 min read

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

EXECUTIVE PLATFORM

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

1 min read

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

EXECUTIVE PLATFORM

Application Security Comes into Further Focus with Intent to Acquire Portshift

2 min read

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

3 min read

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

1 min read

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

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

3 min read

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.

January 28, 2020

EXECUTIVE PLATFORM

Securing IoT for your Competitive Advantage

3 min read

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

October 17, 2019

EXECUTIVE PLATFORM

How 5G Will Accelerate Industrial IoT

3 min read

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

2 min read

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

3 min read

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

2 min read

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 […]

August 21, 2017

EXECUTIVE PLATFORM

Cisco’s Intent to Acquire Springpath – Taking a Leap Forward in Hyperconvergence

1 min read

Today, Cisco announced its intent to acquire Springpath, Inc., a leader in hyperconvergence software based in Sunnyvale, Calif.

June 13, 2017

EXECUTIVE PLATFORM

60,000 Cisco UCS Customers and Counting

2 min read

They said we were crazy. Back in 2009, when we unveiled the Cisco Unified Computing System, industry pundits – namely our competitors in the server market – said we’d overreached in a technology arena we knew little about. What we introduced was an innovative solution that unified compute, network, storage access, management and virtualization into […]

February 9, 2017

EXECUTIVE PLATFORM

Cisco Integrated System for Microsoft Azure Stack

2 min read

Enterprises need a scalable, flexible hybrid cloud solution that 1) responds with agility and ease, 2) is simple-to-manage, and 3) scales on demand, while retaining on-premise benefits. Where you are on your cloud journey may vary, but what’s clear is that it’s a hybrid IT journey. Cisco is accelerating hybrid cloud adoption by gearing up […]

November 1, 2016

EXECUTIVE PLATFORM

Active Data Demands Agile Infrastructure

2 min read

By now, we’ve all heard the estimate that by 2020, 50 billion devices will be connected. Some estimates are higher, some lower, but we can all agree…it’s a lot. What we know and can see is that more data is being generated today than ever before. And the nature of the data is changing. It’s […]

January 6, 2016

WE ARE CISCO

3 Things to Look For When Choosing a Company

3 min read

Recently I had the opportunity to talk to a group of students who had a decision to make. They had...