Wendy Mars

Senior Vice President

President - Cisco EMEAR

Wendy Mars is President of Cisco’s Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Russia region (EMEAR). With responsibility for Cisco’s growth, business and operations across the region, Wendy’s focus is on driving strategies which deliver on customers’ technology and sustainability transformation requirements and help to close the digital divide. Under her leadership, the EMEAR region delivers over $13bn annually and represents more than a quarter of Cisco’s revenue. Having joined Cisco in 2008, Wendy has held various senior positions, including leading the EMEAR Technology and Partner organisations. Prior to this, she worked at ThruPoint, a global consultancy and provider of technology solutions serving as the Global CTO, having begun her career in IT with Morgan Stanley. Wendy specialises in creating high-performing teams that are grounded in a powerful sense of common purpose, a focus on results and holding each other accountable. She is a passionate supporter of full spectrum diversity in business and actively participates in programs and drives initiatives that promote greater inclusion at all levels, with an emphasis on digital skills education. Wendy sits on the Board of Rolls-Royce Holdings plc as a Non-Executive Director. She holds a BEng(H) in Electronic Engineering from York University and an MSc in Operational Research from Lancaster University.


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.

February 5, 2020


Cisco Live Barcelona: helping our customers through digital transformation

Cisco is a global company that impacts every industry and nearly all walks of life. And given our commitment to enabling an Inclusive Future across the globe, we place a high premium on connecting not just networks, systems, and devices — but people.