Christine Bastian

SVP, People & Communities

As Senior Vice President of People & Communities, Christine leads a team responsible for designing and developing purpose-driven talent solutions that advance Cisco’s business growth and people strategy. She partners with Cisco business and thought leaders to reimagine and create fit-for-purpose solutions that have transformed the company’s approach to leaders and teams, learning and careers, performance and workforce planning. With her deep understanding of Cisco culture and business priorities, she also leads a team that consults on the effective execution of acquisitions and divestitures to achieve value-driven business and people outcomes.

Previously, Christine led consulting for the company’s Engineering organization – with over 26,000 employees across 45 countries – focusing on high-functioning teams, leader success and adaptive change. She partnered with EVPs/GMs to successfully develop, scale and align the talent strategies needed to deliver on business outcomes. With a reputation for innovation, Christine was able to rethink the way Cisco attracts, retains and develops talent. She also successfully partnered with clients in Advanced Services, Finance and Emerging Technologies Business on a wide range of complex opportunities, including business incubation, acquisition integration, strategic planning, organization structure and portfolio alignment.

Prio­­r to joining Cisco, Christine was Senior HR Partner at Genentech and Agilent Technologies where she supported clients in Finance, Tax, Treasury, Investor Relations, Corporate Communications, Marketing and Workplace Services.

Throughout her 20+ year career in HR, Christine has been valued for her expertise in high-performance teaming, organizational design, talent development and executive coaching, as well as her passion for supporting and advocating for full-spectrum diversity.

She’s the Executive Advisor for Women of Cisco’s San Jose chapter, whose vision is to create a community with opportunities for women to network and develop. In recognition of Christine’s contributions as an executive in her field, she was honored with YWCA Silicon Valley’s Tribute to Women Award in 2019. In 2020, she was recognized by the National Diversity Council as one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology.  She serves on the Board of Directors at the Children’s Discovery Museum in San Jose, CA and is an active member of Global HR 50.

Christine graduated from California Polytechnic State University. She’s zealous about people, technology, and how she personally can contribute to do amazing things for our businesses, her community and our future. In her free time, she can be found enjoying time with her family, hiking, cooking up a fresh meal, or traveling.

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