Executive Biography

Kip Compton

SVP, Strategy and Business Development, Cisco Networking

Kip Compton is Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for Cisco Networking, Cisco’s largest business. Kip leads the teams responsible for strategy, portfolio management, and M&A. He and his team lead strategic cross-company programs, strategic technology partnerships, and drive a focus on how engineering at Cisco can build products for a more sustainable future.

Kip has over 20 years of senior leadership experience driving innovation in cloud, video, the Internet of Things, and networking. His areas of expertise include video, distributed systems, IoT, cloud, and digital media security. He has held leadership roles with technology companies as well as service providers.

As a senior leader, Kip is inspired by technology innovation and its impact on people and the world.  He is passionate about building sustainable organizations by mentoring the next generation of technology and business leaders.  Kip believes that bringing diverse backgrounds and experiences to the table leads to the most compelling innovation and the best solutions to the most challenging problems.

Previously, Kip served as CTO and Senior Vice President, Strategy and Operations for Cisco’s Enterprise Networking and Cloud organization and has also held senior leadership and general manager positions for Cisco’s Cloud Platforms, Internet of Things, and Service Provider Video Software and Solutions groups. Kip also held the position of Chief Technology Officer for Cisco’s Video and Collaboration Group, and Vice President of Strategy and Product Management for the Service Provider Video Technology Group. Before joining Cisco, he was with Comcast as Vice President of Video and Media Engineering, responsible for development of Comcast’s digital cable, content security, video on demand, and streaming media infrastructure and services.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science and a master’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and an MBA degree from the Wharton School. He holds multiple patents in the areas of digital video, security, and networking.