Wendy Mars

Senior Vice President

President - Cisco EMEAR

Wendy Mars is President of Cisco’s Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia region (EMEAR). Wendy is responsible for Cisco’s growth, business and operations across the EMEAR region. Her focus is on driving strategies which deliver on customers’ digital and sustainability transformation requirements and which help to close the digital divide. The region delivers over $12bn annually and represents more than a quarter of Cisco’s revenue. In her previous roles at Cisco, Wendy has led the Partner, Enterprise and Technology teams for EMEAR. Wendy is a passionate supporter of greater diversity in business. She specialises in creating high-performing teams that are grounded in a strong sense of common purpose, a focus on results and holding each other accountable. She is driving initiatives that promote greater inclusion 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 promoting education in digital skills as a driver of transformation and differentiation. Prior to joining Cisco, Wendy was the Global CTO at ThruPoint for 11 years, working 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. Originally from the North of England, Wendy now lives in London and in her spare time loves walking, wildlife and nature. She has a BEng(H) in Electronic Engineering from York University and an MSc in Operational Research from Lancaster University.


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.