As president of the Smart+Connected Communities (S+CC) initiative at Cisco, Anil Menon is responsible for the vision and strategy of the program. He drives the development of technology solutions, its transformative partnerships and investments, and sales for this new global business vertical. S+CC focuses on deploying digital technologies in cities globally, to transform the delivery and management of urban and citizen services such as traffic, parking, water, healthcare, education, and security, among others.
Anil is also responsible for country transformation initiatives in Turkey, Russia, South Korea, Israel, France, Indonesia, United Arab Emirates, and India. He is Chairman of Cisco's India Advisory Board comprising senior Indian corporate executives and former Indian governmental bureaucrats and works closely with other Cisco executives to help drive growth for Cisco India. Anil serves as vice-chair of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Agenda Council on Future of Cities and is a member of the Global Agenda Council on the Future of Health as well. Anil is the chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce's Consortium of US companies for Smart Cities in India.
Prior to joining Cisco, Anil was corporate vice president of strategy in Growth Markets at IBM, where he also held other critical global strategy, product management and marketing roles, including an appointment by the CEO to serve on the IBM Strategy team. Anil brings strong academic credentials as well. He earned a Ph.D. in marketing and statistics. He held a position on the graduate faculty in marketing at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia (U.S.) and was head of its marketing department. He has also served on the executive committee of the Council on Strategic Planning at the Strategy Planning Institute, an international business think tank originating from the Harvard Business School. Anil served as a Sony Fellow in Business Strategy and Innovation with Sony Corporation from 1993-1996. He has also served on the advisory board for Coca-Cola's technology incubator Fizzion. Anil has also consulted extensively with senior management of many global companies in the areas of strategy and innovation.
Anil currently serves on the board of directors for the Center for Customer Insights at the Yale University School of Management and is on the advisory board for the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School. He is also a member of the Board of Governors for the Manipal University TM Pai Management Institute.
Anil currently lives in Bangalore, India with his family as part of an international assignment.