Oliver Roll is an expert at getting to the essence of great storytelling. As Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer at Cisco, he leads Cisco's award-winning Public and Analyst Relations, Executive and Employee Communications, and Social Media teams. His focus is on engaging with Cisco's customers, partners, employees and communities worldwide to create stories about the magic of Cisco's vision, people and technology.
Prior to joining Cisco, Oliver led VMware's brand and reputation as Chief Communications Officer, where he crafted a new company narrative, developed their Cross Cloud brand and communications strategy, and designed new methodologies to measure communications impact. Prior to that, Oliver was with Microsoft for more than 20 years in numerous marketing and communications leadership positions, including leading its worldwide communications function, and communications for the Microsoft Office Division.
As Microsoft Office's chief storyteller, Oliver implemented an "always-on" communications approach across earned, owned, and paid media to successfully position the transformation of MS Office into a services organization. It's a philosophy he carries with him today—whether building Cisco's next communications initiative or at one of dozens of speaking engagements and interviews 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.