Liz Centoni

EVP, Chief Strategy Officer and GM, Applications, Cisco

As Chief Strategy Officer, Liz Centoni partners with the Executive Leadership team to drive the company’s overall strategic direction. As the General Manager of Applications, Liz is responsible for the business strategy and development efforts for the SaaS portfolio that powers optimized experiences for customers’ applications, which are increasingly central to their businesses in today’s digital, cloud-first world. She also leads a team incubating emerging technologies to create new markets and businesses for Cisco. Liz is a voting member of Cisco’s Investment review board which directs the company’s efforts with startups and the global venture community.

Liz is an accomplished business leader with deep technology experience and has transformed large-scale and highly complex businesses. She is recognized for developing and executing strategies, and growing multi-billion-dollar global businesses and teams.

Prior to this role, Liz was Senior Vice President and General Manager of Cisco’s Cloud, Compute, and IoT business, where she drove the business and engineering strategy for this global portfolio. Liz was instrumental in developing, executing, and evangelizing Cisco’s IoT portfolio strategy in Industrial IoT, Edge Intelligence and SaaS-based cellular connectivity platform for devices ranging from Connected Cars to Smart meters, driving it to profitable growth and leading Digital Transformation initiatives. In Cloud and Computing Systems, Liz led the team to define and execute the strategy enabling our customers’ operating model needs in Hybrid Cloud. This included building the SaaS hybrid cloud platform, expanding into adjacent markets such as Hyperconverged and leading the industry in cloud-managed solutions for the computing market.

She also led the Service Provider Access Group as Vice President and General Manager, responsible for strategy, marketing direction, and engineering efforts to grow Cisco’s Carrier Ethernet Access solutions portfolio.

She has held multiple engineering roles leading global teams building software and central engineering services, executing engineering plans with feature velocity, and quality focused on getting it right for the customer.

Mentorship, talent development and leadership are important priorities for Liz, and she is an active mentor and sponsor of underrepresented groups. She is the Cisco Global Executive Sponsor for the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program.

Liz serves on the Board of Directors for Mercedes-Benz AG and Ingersoll Rand Inc. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Mumbai and an M.B.A. from the University of San Francisco.