Anil Menon joined Cisco in March 2009 as President, Smart+Connected Communities (S+CC). In this role, Anil is responsible for developing the strategy and leading the global execution of Cisco's S+CC business. Under his leadership, Cisco has quickly become the industry and thought leader, with hundreds of implementations around the globe, that are using the network as the platform to drive economic, social and environmental sustainability around the world.
Anil also serves as Ciscoʹs Deputy Chief Globalisation Officer, helping Cisco identify and drive the development of new solutions, and business models for its customers worldwide. As the Executive Sponsor of Cisco's Emerging Countries initiatives, he is responsible for identifying and addressing the next set of transformational opportunities in emerging countries like BRIC‐M (Brazil, Russia, India, China and Mexico) and TIPSS (Turkey, Indonesia, Poland, Saudi Arabia and South Africa). Anil's charter is to enable the transformation of these emerging countries by aligning Cisco's technologies, and business architecture capabilities with the nations' long and medium term developmental goals.
Prior to joining Cisco, Anil was Vice President, Corporate Strategy, IBM Growth Markets. In his seven years with IBM, he held critical global roles at both the corporate and business unit levels. Appointed by IBM's CEO, Anil also served as a key member of the Strategy Team from 2005‐2008.
Prior to this, Anil was a successful academic and business consultant. He was on the graduate faculty and later was the department head, marketing faculty at the Emory University Atlanta, USA. Anil has been a Sony Fellow in Business Strategy, 1994‐1996. He has been on the Executive Committee for the Strategy Council at Strategic Planning, an international business think tank originating from Harvard Business School.
Anil was awarded the American Marketing Association's prestigious Paul Root/MSI Award in 1999 for academic research in marketing and the Distinguished Marketing Practitioner Award in 2007 from Academy of Marketing Science for innovations in marketing practice.
Anil is a member of the Board of Directors for The Center for Customer Insights at Yale Universityʹs School of Management and is on the Advisory Board of Johns Hopkins University's Carey Business School.