Chief Administrative Officer and Senior Vice President, Global Business Services
Olivier Kohler is Cisco’s Chief Administrative Officer and Senior Vice President of Cisco Global Business Services, which leads the transformation of Cisco’s operating model and manages the execution of globally consistent and integrated enterprise shared services to enable Cisco’s growth. The organization’s focus on operational excellence is essential to providing an improved experience for Cisco customers, partners, suppliers, employees, and shareholders while reducing the overall cost-to-serve for the company. A focus on continuous innovation also is vital to developing a comprehensive transformational roadmap for Cisco. The organization accomplishes this by engaging early and deeply with the business and by establishing end-to-end policies, processes, and systems that provide scalability and agility to accelerate positive business outcomes.
In addition to his role in Global Business Services, Kohler co-chairs Cisco’s Business Architecture Steering Committee with CIO Rebecca Jacoby to align systems and technology projects with business needs and operations.
Prior to joining Cisco in 2010, Kohler spent 28 years with Hewlett-Packard, where he gained experience across diverse business units and functions. His most recent positions include Senior Vice President of Enterprise Strategic Alliances and Senior Vice President of Sales Operations. Other post roles include Senior Vice President of eBusiness and Customer Operations, Vice President of Information Technology, General Manager of the North America consumer business, Director of the Internet business unit, and Controller of the product-support division. He also served in various services and support functions in the U.K. and Switzerland. During his tenure at HP, Kohler was part of the executive team responsible for planning and integration for the HP-Compaq merger.
Kohler holds business and information technology degrees from the Geneva Business School.