Shaun Kirby

Director and Chief Technology Officer

Cisco Consulting Services

As Chief Technology Officer of Cisco Consulting Services, Shaun Kirby is responsible for sensing and evangelizing the key trends that will disrupt and transform the business world. Working across industries, he incubates game-changing solutions to propel customers ahead of the curve, while leading the interlock between the field and Cisco Engineering and Research and Development.

Kirby’s current role is backed by years of deep industry experience. Prior to his role as CTO, he led Cisco’s Innovations Architecture Practice, which developed robust reference architectures for visionary solutions. These were powered by Cisco technology as well as client-specific architectures and roadmaps for implementation.

Before joining Cisco, Kirby served as the Chief Architect for Vitria Technology's Professional Services team. He spearheaded the design and implementation of complex, leading-edge information systems for Vitria's flagship customers and facilitated unique engineering and field team collaboration that yielded industry-shaping products and solutions. In this capacity, he played a key role in the visioning for a new technology space, Business Event Management (BEM). As Director of Client Delivery and Quality Assurance at Vitria, he established the standards, tools, and best practices that enabled world-class solution delivery.

Kirby has served as a trusted advisor to CIOs, CTOs, and other technology executives, beginning with his extensive experience as a management consultant at Deloitte. He has authored articles, presentations, and technology briefs on a wide range of topics, including sensor fusion, augmented reality, and contactless gesture interfaces. As an inventor, Kirby holds several patents pending in these areas.

Kirby holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Engineering Physics from Princeton University, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Physics from the California Institute of Technology.


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