As first ever EVP and Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Gerri Elliott is responsible for worldwide sales and marketing, field operations, and partnerships across the globe.
Gerri is an accomplished business leader with deep technology experience in enterprise and software sales. She has led large-scale and highly complex global sales organizations and is a recognized expert in go-to-market and customer care strategies. She is highly regarded for her deep international experience including spending years living and working in Asia.
As a leader at IBM, Microsoft and Juniper Networks, Gerri has transformed global businesses for more than half of her career. As Juniper Networks Chief Customer Officer, she led a global organization of direct and indirect sales, systems engineering, marketing, advanced technologies, channel partners and alliances, field operations, services and support. Prior to that, Gerri was Microsoft's Corporate Vice President, WW Public Sector, where she oversaw sales and marketing teams serving government, education and health care customers across more than 100 countries. She built the WW Industry Solutions Group, creating multiple industry go-to-market teams, and led Americas Enterprise, the largest geography for Microsoft. Gerri started her tech career at IBM, spending almost 22 years there in key executive and management positions in strategy development, services and consulting, product management, and sales.
Gerri has a deep commitment and passion for developing female leaders and creating more diversity in business. Most recently, she founded Broadrooms.com, a site devoted to executive women who serve or want to serve on corporate boards. Prior to Cisco, Gerri served on several Board of Directors, including Imperva, Marvell Technologies, Mimecast and Bed Bath and Beyond. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Whirlpool and the advisory board for the Center for Executive Women Senior Leadership Program at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.
Gerri holds a bachelor's degree in political science from New York University.