Oliver Roll is an expert at uncovering the amazing people, passionate teams and untold stories that make up the essence of Cisco’s culture. As Senior Vice President and Chief Culture Officer, he focuses on deepening employee engagement across Cisco and telling the company’s people and culture story to the communities, customers and partners touched by Cisco every day.
As a part of his role, Oliver galvanizes the collective power of Cisco across multiple employee and culture initiatives including Cisco’s Conscious Culture efforts, Principles and Our People Deal. He leads Culture and Communications, the team responsible for Cisco’s award-winning work within the Employee Communications and Human Relations Executive Communications organization and brings to life the full spectrum of the company’s culture, diversity and inclusion efforts. Previously, Oliver was Cisco’s Chief Communications Officer leading the integrated communications team. As CCO, Oliver drove Cisco’s communications strategy for the company’s business transformation to software and services, its technology leadership and intent based networking initiatives.
Prior to joining Cisco, Oliver led VMware’s brand and reputation efforts as Chief Communications Officer, where he crafted a new company narrative and led the communications strategy for VMware’s transition to the cloud. Prior to that, Oliver was with Microsoft for more than 20 years in numerous marketing and communications leadership positions, including CMO for Asia Pacific, General Manager for the company’s worldwide communications function, and communications lead for the Microsoft Office Division.
Oliver is also active with non-profit causes and organizations, including a position on the Board of HomeFirst which is focused on supporting the homeless in Santa Clara County through shelter, healthcare, and affordable permanent housing. In addition, he works with the FoxG1 Research Group which is led by his wife Nasha Fitter, and is dedicated to finding a cure for FoxG1 Syndrome, a rare neuro-developmental disorder which impacts brain development and functions such as movement and speech. His youngest daughter Amara suffers from this condition which affects thousands of kids around the world.
Oliver holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Middlesex Business School in London, UK, and a Diplom Betriebswirt from Fachhochschule (University of Applied Sciences) Reutlingen, Germany.