People@Cisco: Sri Srinivasan

"My philosophy has been and will remain that technology is adapting to how people work. Everything that I'll enable my team to do will be with that thinking in mind."
Meet Cisco's new VP and GM of Collaboration, Sri Srinivasan and see what he does to help teams work at their best.

Sri Srinivasan really knows how to make a first impression. Cisco's new VP and General Manager of the Team Collaboration Group began his first day on the job in Oslo, Norway. Sri, who joined Cisco in March and is based in Seattle, wanted to set the team at ease about the leadership change by starting where OJ Winge, the former leader of the group, was based. Winge is now responsible for new growth initiatives within the Collaboration team.

Focus Magazine recently talked with Sri, about his background and why he feels so connected to Cisco.

Focus Magazine: Introduce yourself and tell us what your role is with Cisco's collaboration team.

Sri Srinivasan: I'm the VP and General Manager of the team collaboration group. I'm excited to be at Cisco. The Team Collaboration Group (TCG) creates Webex Meetings, Webex Teams and Webex Devices, such as Webex Room Series, Webex Board, and Webex Share. (These solutions were formerly named WebEx, Spark, Room Series and Spark Board.) Our focus is team empowerment through our collaboration canvas. The canvas brings together all of the collaboration touchpoints for groups of people who work on a common purpose, from the productivity tools they use to the places they meet, integrated with their business processes.
When I was first called about this position, my first reaction was "hey, you've got the wrong guy. My core skills were software development, with recent focus on cloud. I could take a premise-based business to the cloud." I wasn't sure how useful I would be at Cisco or whether I would have fun. Rowan (Rowan Trollope, SVP & GM of Cisco's Applications Group) and I ended up having good conversations on the opportunity, the market, and the immense potential that Cisco holds in this space. We talked a lot about the culture, and he explained what kind of impact we can have in the future of cloud collaboration. What makes me hum is making teams work their best. When someone comes to you and says here's an opportunity to build a canvas for teams, I have a hard time saying no. Continue »