Meet the Exec: Anil Menon

"Smart cities are those that understand the value of the city itself and of its citizens—the soul of the city—and then can use technology to enhance that value going forward"
Anil Menon, global president for Cisco's Smart+Connected Communities blends professional and personal interests to enthusiastically drive transformation in cities and communities with Cisco technology.

Anil Menon never set his career sights on working in tech, but as global president of Smart+Connected Communities business at Cisco he believes he has one of the best jobs in the company. "I can't imagine any other job in Cisco I would want," said Anil. "I think we can turn this into a three to four billion-dollar business over the next five years. That's my goal."

And Anil knows business. He spent the first part of his career as a business school professor at Emory University in Atlanta. As a successful tenured professor with an extensive personal consulting practice to blue chip global companies, Anil thought he'd stay in academia for his entire career.
But in 2001, IBM came courting and he responded. Anil credits much of his leadership style to former IBM CEO, Sam Palmisano. "It was Sam who told me, you should not be doing strategy, marketing or functional work. You should be in sales because you can close complex deals," Anil said. "I didn't do it at IBM, but that's what I do now at Cisco. It's interesting that I was trained to do what I'm doing now by IBM and Sam." Continue »