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Anil Menon

President Globalization and Smart+Connected Communities

Cisco Systems inc.

Dr. Anil Menon joined Cisco Systems inc., as President, Globalization and Smart+Connected Communities in March 2009. In this role, Anil co-leads Cisco’s globalization efforts and also Cisco’s global engagements around Smart+Connected Communities (S+CC). S+CC is a key globalization priority for Cisco and is focused on working with cities and rural communities around the world to use the network as the platform for driving economic, social and environmental sustainability. In this role, Anil leads a cross-Cisco team focused on services-led solutions in safety and security, real estate, energy, and transportation, and is responsible for driving new business models, solutions and a global ecosystem to go after this significant opportunity.

Prior to joining Cisco, Anil was with IBM Corporation from 2002-2009 holding several key senior global roles with the most recent as Vice President, Corporate Strategy, IBM Growth Markets and immediately prior to that as Vice President, Worldwide Marketing and Strategy for IBM Systems and Technology Group with responsibility for marketing and strategy across the $25 billion business unit. For the period 2005-2008, he was appointed by the CEO to IBM’s Strategy Team. The Strategy Team is made of key senior leaders appointed on a rotational basis by the CEO to assist him to set and drive IBM strategic priorities. Anil was a member of IBM’s Integration and Values Team (formerly called the Senior Leadership Team). In 2004, he represented IBM on the U.S. Council of Competitiveness's National Innovation Initiative that outlined and defined "Innovation for the 21st Century."

Prior to joining IBM, Anil was a successful academic and business consultant. He was on the graduate faculty of Emory University (1995-2002) and was department head of the marketing faculty at Emory University’s Roberto C. Goizueta Business School, Atlanta, USA. Along with his academic appointments, he has had extensive links with global businesses throughout his career. He was appointed by Sony Corporation as Sony Fellow in Business Strategy, 1994-1996. Starting with his doctoral dissertation in 1988, Anil had a long relationship with the Strategic Planning, an international business think tank which originated at the Harvard Business School, where he also served on its Executive Committee for the Strategy Council from 1994-1996.

In 1999, Anil was awarded the American Marketing Association’s prestigious Paul Root/MSI Award (formerly the Alpha Kappa Psi Award) for academic research that had the greatest impact in the practice of Marketing. And, in 2007, the Academy of Marketing Science awarded Anil the 2007 Distinguished Marketing Practitioner Award for innovations in marketing practice.

Anil is a member of the Board of Directors for The Center for Customer Insights at Yale University's School of Management, a trustee of the Marketing Science Institute, Cambridge, MA, and on the Advisory Board of Johns Hopkins University’s Carey Business School. He is also a member of Citibank India’s Advisory Board of Directors.