David Goeckeler is the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Cisco's Networking and Security Business with responsibility for more than $32 billion of the company's global technology business. He leads a global team of over 25,000 engineers and oversees Cisco's networking and security strategy and market acceleration, including development operations for the company's expansive technology portfolio and strategic acquisitions.
A 16-year Cisco veteran, Goeckeler is known as a transformational leader with proven business expertise and deep technical knowledge. With a vision to simplify how customers transform their business and capture new opportunities created by the rise of digitization, he is responsible for developing an integrated networking and security architecture at the foundation of Cisco's technology franchises.
Prior to his current role, Goeckeler was the leader of Cisco's Security Business and was instrumental in defining Cisco's threat-centric security strategy and transitioning the business to a software and recurring revenue based model, and returning the business to share gaining growth. Under his leadership, the Security Group also acquired and successfully integrated multiple companies, solidifying Cisco's place as the largest Security vendor in the industry.
Goeckeler has held engineering leadership roles across both the Enterprise and Service Provider markets in his career with Cisco, including Voice over IP, SP Mobility, Video Infrastructure, Networking, and his most recent work in the Security Business. He has both driven organic innovation across these businesses as well as led and integrated large and small acquisitions. Prior to Cisco, he held engineering and senior management positions at Bell Laboratories and BellSouth Telecommunications. He has also been active in several entrepreneurial ventures.
Goeckeler holds bachelor's degrees in computer science and mathematics from the University of Missouri at Columbia, a master's degree in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a master's degree in business administration from both Columbia University and the University of California at Berkeley.
Goeckeler is widely recognized for his leadership and operational excellence. In 2012, he received Frost and Sullivan's Excellence Award in Engineering Operations.