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Cisco Smart Grid Momentum: Announcing our new Smart Grid Business Unit SVP/GM

September 17, 2009 - 15 Comments

Utilities around the world are joining with government and industry to modernize the global electrical infrastructure for the 21st century.  Enabling the “Smart Grid” is one of Cisco’s top priorities and is a market adjacency that has the possibility of becoming Cisco’s largest opportunity since the Internet. As we announced today relationships with new partners, customers and industry organizations to make the vision of Smart Grid a reality, we’re also lining up an all-star cast to manage Cisco’s efforts in this exciting space.

I’m extremely pleased to announce the appointment of Laura Ipsen as the new Senior Vice President and General Manager for the Smart Grid Business Unit.  In Laura’s new role she will be responsible for executing on Cisco’s Smart Grid vision and strategy, developing and building a complete product and services portfolio, and communicating to our customers, partners and shareholders. 

Laura’s past experience prepares her well for the many opportunities and challenges of smart grid.  As head of Cisco Global Policy and Government Affairs, Laura has a proven track record and years of work with U.S. and international industry standards bodies as well as government leaders, which will prove invaluable as Cisco navigates the regulated utilities industry.

In addition, Laura has also been very active on a number of Cisco Boards including as co-chair of the Cisco EcoBoard where she has been instrumental in developing and implementing the company’s environmental mission and strategy.

With today’s smart grid-related news, we have put the pieces in place to implement Cisco’s vision of a standards-based, end-to-end Smart Grid communications infrastructure.  I am confident Laura will lead us well in this endeavor.

Laura Ipsen, SVP/GM, Smart Grid

Laura Ipsen, SVP/GM, Smart Grid

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  1. Congratulations to Laura, I'm sure she'll do a terrific job.

  2. The smart grid is something which has been talked about for a long time but has still yet to come to fruition. Good to see that Laura has been appointed for the job.

  3. All the best wishes to Laura Ipsen for this new position.

  4. an intelligence woman. She's great

  5. Well done and good luck with the future strategy, hope it doesn't prove too much of a challenge.

  6. Congratulation Laura Ipsen !

  7. This is pretty interesting, I will be following up to see how it turns out.

  8. That is wonderful and great news, congratulations for new step.

  9. I want to congratulate on this success.

  10. Sounds like the Smart Grid has a lot of potential. We need a lot of innovation in this economy. The more improvement, the better! Much success to you Laura.

  11. Congratulations Laura Ipsen, you seem very qualified.

  12. Congratulations and I hope the new strategy pays off.

  13. Laura has been with Cisco for quite some time. I think she will do great things as part of the Smart Grid Business UnitAdam ChubakJanesville SEO"

  14. Congratulation Laura Ipsen , as the new Senior Vice President and General Manager for the Smart Grid Business Unit. Hope CISCO will do better business next year !

  15. While definitely a positive step the key will be whether or not the funding actually makes it to the appropriate types of tech spending. If the funds are simply exhausted on some pet project we’ll see little benefit.