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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

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...

Cisco Women Engineers Make Their Mark at the IEEE Women In Engineering International Leadership Conference

3 min read

In April this year, Cisco sponsored the IEEE Women in Engineering International Leadership Conference held at the San Jose Marriott. This was part of a concerted effort to advance and attract women in technical and leadership roles in the technology industry. At the beginning of our partnership with IEEE we asked ourselves: “What is it […]

Join The Internet of Women@Cisco and Invent Together!

2 min read

Inspire and connect women, celebrate achievements, encourage more women into technical and leadership roles, recruit men to be advocates for women, make a measurable difference. We can’t wait for the day when we don’t have to talk about it anymore. Until then we want to do more and say less. Because, gender equality: its not […]