Angel L. Mendez Senior Vice President, Cisco Transformation
Angel L. Mendez is the Senior Vice President of Cisco Transformation. He is responsible for leading the Accelerated Cisco Transformation Program (ACT), a multi-year initiative aimed at transforming Cisco's product and services portfolio, operational capabilities, and go-to-market processes to deliver greater productivity, agility, and growth.
Prior to this assignment, Mendez led Cisco's Customer Value Chain Management organization, a global team responsible for accelerating innovation and value for Cisco customers through excellence in value chain performance. His position included global responsibility for corporate quality assurance, customer value teams, demand management, new product introduction, strategic sourcing and supplier management, manufacturing, fulfillment, and logistics.
Mendez brings almost 30 years of management experience to Cisco, along with proven expertise in developing and implementing comprehensive strategies to improve operations and business performance. Prior to Cisco, he served as Senior Vice President of Global Operations for Palm, Inc., where his operational excellence and transformation program fueled the company's turnaround and return to profitability. Before that, Mendez served 11 years with General Electric in increasingly responsible manufacturing and supply chain management assignments and was a graduate of GE's Manufacturing Management Program. Previously at AlliedSignal, he led the aerospace sector's international sourcing operation and later led supply chain efforts at Aerospace Equipment Systems, then AlliedSignal's largest business unit. While at Citigroup, he served as Division Executive for Global Procurement, leading the consolidation of supply chain management activities during the merger of Citicorp and Travelers Group. At Gateway Inc. he was responsible for global supply chain management, facilitating operational improvements by upgrading the supply chain organization, improving supplier quality, and implementing Six Sigma.
Mendez's business background includes extensive international business experience in North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. He was named by Business 2.0 Magazine to the "Business 2.0 Dream Team–All Star Executives any Company Would Kill For." Hispanic Business Magazine placed him on its list of the "20 Most Influential Hispanic Executives in Corporate America." He also was named to the list of "Most Influential Latinos in Silicon Valley."
In addition to his responsibilities at Cisco, Mendez serves on the board of directors of G2Tech, Inc. He is a member of the board of directors of the Manufacturing Leadership Council, the board of directors of the Supply Chain Management Institute at the University of San Diego, and the Lafayette College Board of Trustees, where he chairs the Information Technology Committee.
A native of Cuba, Mendez holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Lafayette College and a master's degree in business administration from the Crummer School at Rollins College.