Jill Larsen is Senior Vice President of HR and Talent at Cisco. Over the last three years, she has transformed Cisco's talent acquisition team and aligned them to Cisco's cloud and software transformation by implementing innovative recruiting and sourcing initiatives, executing a robust talent brand and social media strategy and driving next-generation talent pipelines. Her charter has recently been expanded to include People Planning, a new HR practice that will accelerate Cisco's people transformation by providing talent insights and organizational design capabilities and building a talent cloud ecosystem that will enable leaders and employees to identify the skills needed for the future. Jill is the Global HR Leader for Cisco's Services organization, which includes 14,000 employees and $12B in revenues. In addition, she launched Alpha HR, an initiative that has been a catalyst for a number of disruptive talent approaches to accelerate Cisco's people transformation.
Throughout her career, Jill has been focused on bringing innovative, disruptive, and transformative approaches to human resources, all in high tech. Prior to joining Cisco, she worked at EMC, SunGard, startups, and consulting firms in multiple HR roles, including VP of HR strategy and operations; global CHRO for RSA, the security division of EMC; and VP global HR, M&A, and the HR generalist functions.
Jill's accomplishments include building global HR organizations, HR technology transformations, talent brand and employee engagement, total rewards, design and implementation of HR analytics, and the design of talent management and leadership development strategies. She has also completed more than 40 acquisitions during the course of her career.
Jill earned her bachelor's degree in communications and English from Boston College. She received her master's degree in HR management from Emmanuel College with summa cum laude distinction, winning the prestigious Academic Excellence Award. Jill also has her PHR designation and a certificate in HR management from Bentley University.
She is an active public speaker, with recent speaking engagements at the MA Conference for Women, HR Director Summit, Simmons Women's Conference, the Executive Women's Forum, RSA Conference, and Working Mothers Media Leadership Summit. She sits on the board of Montage, a leader of purpose-built video and voice interviewing technology to the Global 5000. Jill lives in Massachusetts with her husband, twin sons, and three dogs