Rajiv Asati

CTO/Distinguished Engineer


Rajiv Asati is a seasoned technology executive with global strategic and deep industry knowledge focusing on digitization & transformation with 20yrs+ experience.

As one of the designated CTOs in Cisco Customer Experience (CX), he is responsible for chartering technology strategy and architectural solutions for "Cloud, Service Providers & Enterprises" globally. He consistently partners with CxOs & teams for alignment on business and technical outcomes. He is recognized for efficiently incubating new engineering solutions that are aligned with business and technology priorities.

He drives a significant focus on cross-Architecture opportunities around the world, collaborating with BE leaders etc., while keeping a sharp data-driven focus on Customers’ objectives. He has led x-functional, x-cultural & x-technology teams, focused on Intent-Driven Networking, Hyper Converged, Automation & Orchestration, Optical, Security, Virtualization, Telco Cloud, Edge Computing, Cable, vRAN, Wireless, 5G, Hybrid Cloud, SD-WAN, etc. as well as services execution and operationalization, enabling customer success across SPs and Enterprises, and set new records in transformation. He is widely recognized for contributing (in a CTO/Chief Architect role) to Reliance Jio success since 2012 (grew 0 to $1B+ revenue), as well as for incubating NFV business line since 2015 driving $50M+ revenue.

He is a passionate out-of-box thinker with 130+ patents and an avid contributor to industry standards with 20+ IETF RFCs/Drafts & 2 CableLabs specifications. He has published 5+ peer-reviewed articles and contributed to open-source community (legato on github). Also CCIE Certified.

He is a distinguished speaker at many industry recognized conferences e.g. MPLS/NFV World Congress, NCTA, SCTE, Connect(X), APRICOT, CiscoLive/Networkers, GSX, SEVTs, EBCs etc. He has served on the board of one of IoT/Analytics companies,

Previously, Rajiv provided the CTO function for Cloud and Networking Services business within Advanced Services. Before joining Cisco, he contributed to the development and deployment of Advanced Intelligent Network (AIN) solutions at AT&T Labs and with Nortel Networks developing SS7 and ISDN protocols stack.