John Brigden leads Cisco's Software Operating Office and is responsible for developing Cisco's software business strategy and aligning resources and capabilities to accelerate growth of Cisco's software businesses. His focus includes go to market, operations, management, consumption models, licensing, and entitlement programs.
Brigden has more than 15 years of experience in the IT, storage and security industry, in addition to his involvement in legal and regulatory affairs, compliance and intellectual property management. He has extensive experience in software, licensing, SaaS, security, and storage as well as operations, strategy, and sales management leadership.
Prior to joining Cisco, he served as Senior Vice President, Verticals and Enterprise Business Strategy responsible for Symantec's global public sector, cloud service providers and strategic partners. He also served as General Manager of Symantec's European, Middle East and Africa business for seven years. Previously he served as General Counsel of Symantec and General Counsel and Secretary of VERITAS prior to its acquisition by Symantec. He has also held senior management positions in sales, corporate development, and legal affairs for emerging and large technology companies, including Shutterfly and Silicon Graphics.
Brigden holds a J.D. degree with honors from Georgetown University Law Center and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering with honors from Purdue University. He is a member of the California Bar Association and licensed to practice law in California, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.