Shanthi Iyer

Senior Vice President, Chief Data Officer

Cisco Systems

Shanthi Iyer is Cisco’s Chief Data Officer and Senior Vice President of the Data & Analytics group within Cisco’s Operations organization. Cisco’s Data & Analytics team drives the enterprise-wide data and analytics strategy, governance and policy framework, prioritizing and accelerating critical data and analytics-related activities to enhance company decision-making and execution through fact-based insights and intelligence, data science and data-driven analytics. The team also provides data and insights as a service for Cisco.

Prior to her current role, Shanthi drove Enterprise Data, Security and Services, supporting business transformation by accelerating the next-generation analytics and technology platforms required by Cisco business. Previously, she led the Supply Chain Transformation program for Cisco's $47 billion transactional fulfillment platform, implementing industry standard platforms and business processes and enabling new fulfillment models for Cisco.

A 23-year technology industry veteran, Shanthi started at Cisco in 1997 as an Oracle DBA. She has worked across Cisco, driving results and being disruptive in Infrastructure, Cisco Services, Commerce, Sales and Supply Chain. Prior to Cisco, Shanthi worked at Applied Materials in Santa Clara and MashreqBank in Dubai.

Shanthi has been recognized by the Silicon Valley YWCA Tribute to Women and received multiple leadership awards from the Stevie Awards for Women in Business. She also actively participates in India Connection and Women in Technology Action Network, which are Cisco organizations that are focused on career, leadership and personal mentoring, and networking.

Shanthi holds a B.S. in Math from the University of Madras and a diploma in Computer Science from the National Institute of Information Technology in Chennai. She also completed MIT’s Supply Chain Leadership Program and the Executive Data Science Program from Northwestern University.


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