Meet the Exec: Janey Hoe

"Cisco has always taken a very open stance towards innovation with our long standing strategy of build, buy, partner, invest, and co-create. The reason it's important to have that mindset is because you can't manage or predict innovation."
Janey Hoe, Vice President of Cisco Investments, thrives on connections. Whether it's connecting companies with Cisco Investments or making connections for more diversity in tech, Janey is seen as a leader. Focus Magazine recently sat down with Janey to find out how she got her career started and what continues to drive her.

Focus Magazine: Tell me how you started with Cisco.

Janey Hoe: I was at a dinner with some college friends and one of them worked at Cisco. The friend asked me ‘how would you like to work at Cisco in mergers and acquisitions? I get a referral bonus if you get hired.' At the time, I was at McKinsey & Company. I interviewed, received an offer, and took the job.

Focus Magazine: What was your first job at Cisco?
Janey Hoe: I was hired as a business development manager in Corporate Development when there were only 4-5 people on the team. That was eighteen years ago, a long time ago! I literally grew up here at Cisco! That's the first role I took. I ventured into other parts of the business, where I could learn more about the products and operations and spent a decade across Cisco's different product lines from Switching to Collaboration. Continue »