Senior Vice President, Cisco Research and Advanced Development
Joel Bion leads Cisco's Research and Advanced Development organization. In this role, he works to ensure that new technologies are known and adopted where appropriate across Cisco's engineering divisions, helps ensure that research with top universities is properly and efficiently organized, and leads a number of programs that ensure consistency in architecture, design, and development across multiple engineering divisions in areas such as product resiliency, open source software policy, and baseline product capabilities.
Bion has held numerous positions at Cisco since joining the company in 1989 as its first manager of technical support, where he established many elements of Cisco's customer-first culture that continue today. Before his current position, he served as Senior Vice President of the division now called the Network Software and Systems Technology Group. Since that time, he has returned to his first love, working more directly on problems concerning future engineering methodologies and product direction.
Bion holds a master's degree in computer science from Stanford University.