Rowan Trollope

Senior Vice President and General Manager

IoT and Collaboration Technology Group

Rowan Trollope is Senior Vice President and General Manager of Cisco’s Internet of Things (IoT) and Collaboration Technology Group. Trollope joined Cisco in 2012 to lead a dramatic leap forward in the way people connect and collaborate at work. Since then, he has reinvented Cisco’s collaboration business and made design, simplicity, and exponential improvement the guiding principles of product development. Most recently, Trollope was appointed to also lead Cisco’s IoT efforts as the company focuses on helping its customers and partners create value in a highly connected, digital world. In this role, he leads a worldwide organization responsible for technology solutions across IoT market segments, including manufacturing, industrial, transportation, public sector, and many others.

Under Trollope’s leadership, the Collaboration Technology Group has refreshed the entire collaboration technology portfolio, simplifying the product line and winning eight Red Dot awards for outstanding product design. To capitalize on mobile and cloud opportunities, Trollope also built a next-generation cloud platform and its first application, the business messaging service Cisco Spark. As a result, Collaboration has taken a huge step forward to lead Cisco’s large businesses in growth, at 14 percent in its most recent quarter.

Prior to joining Cisco, Trollope led Symantec’s sales, marketing, and product development teams as the Group President, responsible for its cloud security business and the SMB segment. He was responsible for growing the company’s software-as-a-service strategy and expanding cloud-based delivery and customer support models. Prior to that, Trollope led product development and marketing for the Norton consumer business and previously Symantec’s high-end Enterprise Security division.

Trollope holds a variety of patents in computer security and operating systems.

Rowan Trollope can also be followed on Cisco's The Network.


November 14, 2016


IoT That Hits Close to Home

Cisco’s IoT & Applications leader Rowan Trollope announces the new Smart+Connected Digital Platform – the foundation for robust urban services.

October 3, 2016


Don’t Let Cool New Features Distract from Massive Disruption

If we saw ourselves as a leading on-premises UC system manufacturer, I’m not sure we would have ever introduced Spark at all. We’d be very wary of upsetting the applecart. Instead, we see ourselves as a collaboration business. Every day we come in thinking about how we can create the right collaboration tools, rather than thinking about just a better phone or the ultimate video conferencing system.

September 28, 2016


Inspired by Peyton’s Story

When I got a note from the mother of ten-year-old Peyton Walton, “urgent” and “important” took on a different level of meaning.

September 13, 2016


iOS 10 Is Here…So What Does that Mean for the Enterprise?

Cisco is optimizing Cisco Spark for iOS 10 to help our customers transform their business through mobility. Read more about what we’ve done to optimize Wi-Fi and prioritize applications on iOS devices.

August 15, 2016


Making Meetings Simple

Announcing the availability of Cisco Meeting Server, the first product to come from the incredible combination of Cisco and Acano...

The IoT train is leaving the station. Don’t get left behind.

There’s been a lot of big talk about IoT for the past several years, and I admit, I’ve been skeptical. Thermostats. Toasters. Fitness trackers. So what? Why is this so transformative for Cisco’s customers? I wanted to understand this “transformation” more deeply. So, I read every report I could get my hands on. I talked […]

June 13, 2016


Apple and Cisco Fast-Tracking the Mobile Enterprise

Cisco and Apple have reached a major milestone towards changing the way people work and collaborate.

May 26, 2016


The Rise of the Virtual Assistant

What happens when we provide an amazing assistant to everyone in the world? What happens if an overburdened teacher in Chicago gets access to a virtual assistant at the push of a button on a smart phone? What would the amazing executive assistants of the world be freed to do if their most routine tasks were suddenly done by a computer instead?

May 19, 2016


Roomba for Improvement

Building products that delight over and over again is what I came to Cisco to do. How did we go from flat revenue to 6 consecutive quarters of incredible growth? Simple: by making sure we delight not just at first sight but over and over again. We are fully focused on continuous improvement.