Shanthi Iyer

Senior Vice President Strategic Execution Office

Shanthi Iyer is Senior Vice President of Cisco’s Strategic Execution Office.


Strategic Execution Office was established in January 2021 to create and champion the first-ever horizontal view of our business, bringing clarity and alignment across Cisco’s entire portfolio and driving synchronous execution of key offers to market. Shanthi plays a pivotal role in connecting the dots between functions and advocating for Cisco leadership to align their functions and portfolios to a more complete enterprise-wide roadmap.


Prior to her current role, Shanthi led Cisco’s Data & Analytics Office to drive the corporate-wide data & analytics strategy, governance, and policy framework to transform Cisco into a data-driven, analytics powered enterprise. Previously, she drove Enterprise Data, Security and Services, supporting business transformation by accelerating the next-generation analytics and technology platforms required by Cisco business.


A 24-year technology industry veteran, Shanthi started at Cisco in 1997 as an Oracle DBA. She has worked across Cisco, driving results and being disruptive in Infrastructure, Cisco Services, Commerce, Sales and Supply Chain. Prior to Cisco, Shanthi worked at Applied Materials in Santa Clara and Mashreq Bank in Dubai.


Shanthi has been recognized by the Silicon Valley YWCA Tribute to Woman and received multiple leadership awards from the Stevie Awards for Women in Business. She also actively participates in India Connection and the Women in Technology Action Network, which are Cisco organizations that are focused on career, leadership and personal mentoring, and networking.


Shanthi holds a B.S. in Math from the University of Madras and a diploma in Computer Science from the National Institute of Information Technology in Chennai. She also completed MIT’s Supply Chain Leadership Program and the Executive Data Science Program from Northwestern University.

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