Naveen Menon

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).


January 17, 2023


Communication Service Providers: the Potential Power Behind an Inclusive Internet

5 min read

As we consider the Internet for the Future our way forward has to begin with awareness of the important issues we face with internet inclusivity.

January 15, 2023


Powering an Inclusive Internet – Part 1 of 2

3 min read

The astoundingly rapid expansion of the internet has elevated society in unimaginable ways, but it has also been accompanied by undeniable inequities. In building the Internet for the future, our way forward begins with awareness of the issues.

November 14, 2018


Diversity – The Key to Better Business

3 min read

Putting diverse talent into high-profile and high-impact roles is one of the most significant ways an organization can sustainably alter its diversity profile. The minute that happens, the narrative starts to shift because those great leaders start to put their own thoughts, views, and vision of the world into the organization. That is what I believe to be the real “needle mover.”

November 27, 2017


#CiscoChat Podcast: Cisco and INTERPOL Join Forces to Fight Cybercrime

1 min read

On 21 November 2017, Cisco and INTERPOL announced an agreement to share threat intelligence and jointly fighting cybercrime. In this podcast, I talk about the significance of this global agreement.