Wendy Mars



Wendy Mars is President of Cisco’s Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia region.

Her responsibilities focus on driving strategies which deliver on customer requirements and business objectives, in addition to accelerating growth for Cisco in EMEAR. Wendy is responsible for over $12billion of annual sales, managing operations across 123 countries with over 13,000 employees in the region overall.

In her previous role at Cisco, Wendy led the Partner and Enterprise strategy for EMEAR. She managed teams specializing in technology architecture, scalable consumption and software. Prior to this, Wendy led the data center and virtualization teams in EMEAR for several years, after initially joining Cisco as a Systems Engineer Director for the UK and Ireland organization.

Wendy is a passionate supporter of women in business, particularly technology, and is the Executive Sponsor of Cisco’s Connected Women community. She understands the talent and skills challenges facing the technology industry and firmly believes in culture as a driver of digital transformation and differentiation. Wendy is currently leading a number of initiatives designed to encourage the diversity of people, innovation and ideas which will enable Cisco and the industry, respond to and deliver, success for customers.

Prior to joining Cisco, Wendy was the Global CTO at ThruPoint for 11 years, working with primarily with its enterprise and service provider customers. She began her career at Morgan Stanley, where she lived abroad working on a variety of IT programmes in Europe, the US and Asia.

Wendy has a BEng(H) in Electronic Engineering from York University and an MSc in Operational Research from Lancaster University.


Driving an inclusive recovery: How can Europe secure a digital and sustainable future for all?

History will show that 2020 was the year when digitisation truly became a reality. Wendy Mars, President Cisco EMEAR, highlights the three areas of action needed to build an inclusive recovery: connectivity, sustainability and skills.

March 16, 2021


Future voices – education needs in the 21st Century

To meet education needs in the 21st century, we expect that a hybrid model will become the norm as staff and students look for flexibility and choice.

Pivot to Thrive

There’s no doubt that life has been tough and we have all had to find our own ways of coping with a different way of living. How do we find ways to move from just about coping to thriving in this environment?

December 16, 2020


Making green and digital transitions work together for Europe’s recovery

At Cisco, we are ready to work with governments, customers and partner on achieving objectives both in limiting our own impact on climate change but also in enabling the move of other industries towards sustainability. 

November 17, 2020


Reimagining the future of healthcare

Exploring the future of healthcare—including telehealth and virtual consultations, data and regulation, as well as business continuity.

October 20, 2020


Reimagining how work gets done

The global pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges to all parts of our lives and people are starting to reimagine how work might change.

July 22, 2020


Reimagining the future of education

Inclusive, high-quality education and the development of a digitally skilled workforce is vital to Europe’s continued relevance in a global economy.

June 29, 2020


Reimagining business for the 21st century: A discussion

Crucial business lessons amidst a global crisis with The Economist Events and a dozen executives from across EMEAR.

Just Do It!

I’ve been fortunate in that lots of people have given me advice over the years for my professional development. I’d like to pass on three things that have helped me, and I hope at least one or two of them will be useful to you.