VP, Global Strategic Execution
Board Member, Cisco Foundation
Naveen serves on Cisco’s Strategic Execution Office, leading multiple, diverse teams across the company to deliver strategic offers that will drive new sources of shareholder value for Cisco. He is responsible for accelerating the delivery of Full Stack Observability, Multi and Hybrid Cloud offers in close partnership with Engineering, Sales/GTM, Operations, CX, Finance and Legal teams. Prior to this role, Naveen was the President for Cisco Systems in Southeast Asia, leading the P&L and go-to-market operations for all Cisco products and services across 10 countries. He is currently on the Board of Trustees of the Cisco Foundation.
Prior to joining Cisco, Naveen led the Communications, Media and Technology practice for the strategy consulting firm Kearney in Asia Pacific. He advised CEOs and Boards of the largest service providers worldwide; public sector organizations and software, SaaS, cloud, ICT, media companies. Strategy advisory covered corporate strategy, M&A/investments, GTM/sales, digital and operations transformation, public policy and restructuring.
Naveen is a knowledge adviser to the World Economic Forum, attending the Annual Meeting in Davos in 2014 and 2015. He has been active in the domain of data privacy, policy, ethics and digital justice since 2013. He is a board member of Digital ASEAN, the Regional Action Group, and a member of the WEF Global Future Council on Data Policy.
Naveen has a deep passion on how technology can support social outcomes. In 2012, he started up and led Kearney’s global Social Impact practice and has worked with closely non-profits, social enterprises, industry associations and governments, on a wide range of topics across sustainability, diversity, equity and inclusion, economic development and education. His CSR work in Cisco has focused on driving social impact across K-12 education, environmental programs and economic development (in particular gender parity and social entrepreneurship).
He is a member of the Young President’s Organisation, the global leadership community of chief executives across 142 countries; and on the Industry Advisory Board of the NUS School of Continuing and Lifelong Education (SCALE). He served two terms as the Chair of the ICT Committee for the US-ASEAN Business Policy Council (2018-22). Naveen is regularly featured on TV, print and in the online press, including BBC, CNBC, Bloomberg and Channel News Asia and is an experienced speaker and facilitator in large global conferences.
Naveen began his career at General Electric Corporation where he was part of the Corporate Audit Staff and was trained as a Six Sigma Black Belt. He has an MSc in Chemical Engineering from Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands) and an MBA from INSEAD (Fontainebleau/Singapore).