Gabrielle Thompson

SVP, Executive and Board

Gabrielle (Gaby) Thompson is Senior Vice President of Executive and Board within Cisco’s People and Communities organization. Thompson is a highly regarded senior executive in the HR field. Her transformational views on rewards have driven industry-leading new approaches to benefits, compensation, and pay-for-performance plans.

Thompson joined Cisco in February of 2013 as the SVP of Acquisitions and Total Rewards. During her time at Cisco, she has led the redesign of the company’s compensation and benefits philosophy and offerings, which are key factors in Cisco continually ranking among the best employers in the world for its workplace culture. Thompson’s broad HR background spans both financial and high-tech industries and companies of all sizes from start-ups to large enterprise. Prior to Cisco, Thompson held similar roles with SuccessFactors and Intel Corporation and was the Chief Human Resources Officer for Numonyx.

Thompson has served as the lead facilitator of the Compensation Committee of Cisco’s Board of Directors since 2013.  She is recognized for her leadership, deep technical expertise, and ability to drive consensus on business-critical compensation decisions that reflect both shareholder and management views.

She fosters an environment of trust, integrity, care, transparency, and fun.  She has a deep commitment and passion for her team and is known for her strong people leadership, one that drives exceptional results and team member engagement.

In 2019, Thompson was recognized by Great Place to Work as one of the Top 10 Innovators of the Year.  Thompson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and an MBA with a concentration in Finance from Saint Mary’s College of Moraga, California.

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