Executive Biography

Shailaja Shankar

SVP & GM of Cisco Security Business Group

Shailaja Shankar is the Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Cisco Security Business Group (SBG). A respected and transformative leader with strong executive management skills and deep technical experience, Shailaja is responsible for the company's global security business—including its innovative strategy, portfolio, and architecture—to fundamentally simplify the security experience.

Previously, she was the Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Cloud and Network Security (CNS) business unit within SBG. In this role, Shailaja focused on delivering the industry’s most innovative solutions in the SASE market and leading the future of cloud, network, and workload security—a priority to which she remains committed.

Shailaja knows how to bring a team together around a shared culture to drive the maximum results. She leads a team of experienced cybersecurity experts, accomplished engineers, and product management that delivers a world-class portfolio which offers end-users the best experience to securely access their applications and data.

Prior to joining Cisco in June 2021, Shailaja was SVP of Engineering, Enterprise at McAfee, responsible for its security and threat defense solutions across endpoint, extended detection and response, data center security, and cloud native application protection.  She led the team through strategic change and was able to deliver growth at scale. 

In 2022, Shaila received accolades for her executive leadership within the IT industry and beyond. She was named among 10 Women Making a Difference in Cybersecurity by CRN and appointed to BorgWarner’s Board of Directors. This synergistic position leverages Shaila’s deep experience innovating technological solutions and driving strategic change in global enterprises. 

In addition to her deep technical product and portfolio development experience, Shaila prides herself on being a champion of diversity, mentoring the next generation of technical women. She is the executive sponsor of Women in Tech (WIT) at Cisco and a global advisor with How Women Lead.