Shailaja Shankar

SVP & GM of Cisco Cloud and Network Security

Shailaja Shankar is Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Cloud and Network Security (CNS) business unit within Cisco’s Security Business Group (SBG). In this role, Shailaja is focused on delivering the industry’s most innovative solutions in the SASE market and leading the future of cloud, network, and workload security. 

A respected and transformative leader, Shailaja knows how to bring a team together around a shared culture to drive the maximum results. She leads a team of experienced cybersecurity experts, accomplished engineers, and product management that delivers a world-class portfolio which offers end-users the best experience to securely access their applications and data.

Prior to Cisco, Shailaja was SVP of Engineering, Enterprise at McAfee, responsible for its security and threat defense solutions across endpoint, extended detection and response, data center security, and cloud native application protection.  She led the team through strategic change and was able to deliver growth at scale.

In addition to her deep technical product and portfolio development experience, she also prides herself on being a champion of diversity, mentoring the next generation of technical women. She is a global advisor with How Women Lead.


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