Ayman Sayed Senior Vice President, Network Operating Systems Technology Group
Ayman Sayed is Senior Vice President of the Network Operating Systems Technology Group at Cisco, where he leads development of the network operating software on which nearly every Cisco networking product runs. Sayed oversees the vision and engineering direction for Cisco's software strategy. He has helped Cisco pioneer the programmable networks arena with the Open Network Environment (Cisco ONE) strategy, a vital element for enabling the Intelligent Network evolution. His mission is to use software innovation to help Cisco customers solve their most difficult business challenges by creating application-aware intelligent networks.
Since joining Cisco in 1999, Sayed has held leadership roles in Cisco's Service Provider, Enterprise, and Operating Systems technology groups and has helped Cisco deliver several industry-leading solutions. While in charge of the Core Routing Business Unit Engineering team, he led the software development for the Cisco Carrier Routing System (CRS), a platform that introduced several industry firsts in terms of scale and availability. He also served as the Vice President of Engineering for the Unified Access Business Unit. In that role, he led the engineering team for the Cisco Catalyst 2000, 3000, and 4000 switching platforms.
Sayed has more than 25 years of experience in managing high-performance software organizations. Before joining Cisco, he was Director of Engineering at Plaintree Systems, where he led the development and engineering teams that created the Plaintree Ethernet switching product line.
Sayed holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Cairo University.