Christine Heckart is a C-suite executive with experience on both sides of the board table who brings nearly thirty years of experience in the high-tech industry across a wide variety of leadership roles including COO, GM, president, and CMO for SaaS, hardware, and service companies.
Christine joined Cisco in December 2017 to create the vision, information, experiences and tools that inspire and motivate customers to achieve more than they ever thought possible. Her goals include developing dynamic business and marketing strategies that help customers evaluate, select, and deploy new technologies and innovations that accelerate their business growth, automate and simplify their operations, and deploy new technologies and innovations.
Christine is known for her strategic vision and ability to uncover a company's higher purpose and translate that into a business strategy, valued-based culture and operational plan. She creates new markets and disrupts traditional markets with unconventional technologies and business models, is passionate about building strong cultures of trust and results, and has reputation for defining and achieving audacious goals. She has first-hand experience in companies ranging in size from one person to more than a hundred thousand and believes the formula for success is to think big, start small and move fast. She has continually executed on her vision with a record of repeated successes driving double and triple digit revenue growth and creating new revenue streams worth hundreds of millions to billions of dollars.
Christine contributes acumen and experience as a member of the board of directors for a Fortune 250 company in the semiconductor and nanotech industry, with experience on audit, compensation, and strategy/acquisition committees.
Christine was named one of the Top Ten Strategic Thinkers and Fifty Most Powerful People in networking before the age of thirty-two. She was also named one of the Fifty Most Powerful Women in Technology by the National Diversity Council in 2014 and 2015, and a 2016 Woman of Influence by Silicon Valley Business Journal. She is the recipient of Microsoft's Leadership Award for "inspiring through vision and action."
She is the mother of three amazing young adults and wife to her husband of thirty years. Inspired by the best of Renaissance thinking, Christine enjoys a wide range of interests that include the study of quantum physics, consciousness, cosmology and archaeological history; she writes science fiction, paints and practices mindfulness. She supports a number of programs to create opportunities for young people, minorities and women.