Senior Vice President and Head of Corporate Development
Hilton Romanski leads Corporate Development at Cisco. In this role, he is responsible for Cisco's mergers and acquisitions (M&A) strategy and managing its private investment portfolio. He has 20 years of experience investing in and acquiring private and public companies around the world in all stages of maturity.
While at Cisco, Romanski has been responsible for nearly $20 billion in acquisitions in 40 deals, including Meraki, Starent Networks, and Airespace. Recently, he led Cisco's $5.0 billion acquisition of NDS and the $2.7 billion acquisition of the security firm Sourcefire. He also engineered Cisco's divestiture of the Linksys home networking business.
Romanski has been at the forefront of Cisco's entry into multiple new markets, including mobility, unified access, and software-enabled solutions. In addition to leading growth in key technology sectors, he led Cisco's M&A and investment entry into the emerging markets in the 2000s through forming and expanding teams and activities in areas including China, India, Russia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America.
Romanski previously served as an executive in Cisco's operating business. From 2010 to 2012, he was chief strategist for Cisco's Service Provider Business, where he was responsible for setting the long-range strategy for new products, services, and business models including areas such as small radio and network monetization.
Prior to joining Cisco, Romanski was an investment banker at J.P. Morgan in the firm's Technology, Media and Telecom group, where he co-founded the firm's West Coast telecom practice. He also worked as an M&A specialist in J.P. Morgan's New York headquarters.
Romanski holds a bachelor of arts degree in history and economics from Columbia University and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.
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