Venky Nanniyur

Vice President, Engineering

Enterprise Networking Business

Venky Nanniyur is Vice President of Engineering and Business Analytics for Cisco’s Enterprise Networking Business, which generates over $17 billion in revenue.

Since joining Cisco in 2007, Nanniyur has been at the forefront of Cisco’s mission to build industry-leading products that maximize growth. Currently, he runs the large-scale transformation initiatives and functions focusing on Business Analytics, Operational Data Science, DevSecOps, Product Quality, Portfolio Strategy and Planning. He pioneered the application of data science and analytics to Cisco’s product development and operations.

Prior to Cisco, Nanniyur held various customer facing and internal engineering roles in HP Consulting and Infosys Technologies. He was responsible for large, global outsourcing deals and leading IT strategy engagements at HP. Before HP, Nanniyur was an architect and systems analyst for E-Commerce Consulting Practice at Infosys.

Nanniyur is passionate about educating the youth on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). He sponsors Cisco’s connection to “Ignited Education,” a nonprofit organization that provides educators with fellowships and business connections and inspires students to become the future innovators.


September 6, 2019


Fostering Diversity in Enterprise Networking Engineering

3 min read

Even in human relationships, hard data is an eye-opener. When I joined Cisco’s Enterprise Networking Group, one data point was immediately concerning: we had gender imbalance, especially in leadership.

June 13, 2017


Quality and Our Thousand-Step Journey

2 min read

We take this responsibility of powering complete businesses very seriously: product breadth, scalability, security, but more fundamentally - quality. Gain a behind-the-scenes view to how Cisco engineering is continuously improving quality.

May 4, 2016


Navigating Ships & Other Nautical Adventures

2 min read

My team’s recent fun event was on a cruise liner on the calm, blue waters of the Pacific Ocean hugging San Francisco. Besides soaking up the panoramic vistas and general bonhomie, I particularly enjoyed my conversation with the skipper. Our worlds were completely apart and yet I found the conversation to be completely relatable. Most […]