I’m thrilled to announce that Dev Stahlkopf will be joining Cisco as our new Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer beginning August 2.

Dev brings extensive experience to many key issues for Cisco including global geopolitical matters, cross-border data issues, data privacy, intellectual property and immigration reform. Having most recently served as Microsoft’s General Counsel and Corporate Vice President, she also has incredible knowledge in software, large company transformations and a relentless focus on operational excellence and agility.

Dev Stahlkopf

In addition to the vast business, legal and strategic experience Dev brings, she also understands and values the importance of culture and building great teams at scale. Throughout her career, she has successfully driven strategies to attract and retain top legal talent while fostering a culture of collaboration and inclusion.

Dev is also deeply focused on driving innovation in the legal profession as well as pro bono legal services to bridge the justice divide and help those without access. She is a strong advocate for diversity in the legal profession and is passionate about building the next generation of leaders. She also serves on the Board of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.

Prior to her 14 years at Microsoft, Dev served as an attorney for Perkins Coie. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington, her Master of Arts in Philosophy from Duke University and her law degree from the University of Arizona.

I also want to thank our world-class legal team for the critical role they play for Cisco. I’m so proud of this incredible team, and I know Dev will help them continue to innovate and build on the progress we’ve made with Cisco’s transformation.

I am so pleased to welcome Dev to Cisco!


Chuck Robbins

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Cisco Systems, Inc.