Sailaja K. Shankar

Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Security Business Group, Cisco Systems, Inc.

Portrait of Board Member Sailaja Shankar


Mrs. Shankar has served as the Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Security Business Group (SBG) of Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO), a leading global manufacturer of networking hardware, software, telecommunications equipment, and other high-technology services and products, since September 2021. In this role, Mrs. Shankar is responsible for the company's global security business including its innovation strategy, portfolio, and architecture. From June 2021 – September 2021, Mrs. Shankar was the Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Cloud and Network Security business unit within SBG, where she focused on delivering the industry’s most innovative solutions in the SASE market and leading the future of cloud, network, and workload security. Prior to joining Cisco, Mrs. Shankar served as Senior Vice President of Engineering, Enterprise of McAfee Corp. (NASDAQ: MCFE) from February 2019 – June 2021 and General Manager of Mobile and ISP Solutions Business Unit from February 2016 – February 2019.

Mrs. Shankar holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Maris Stella College, and a Bachelor and Master of Arts from Andhra University in Mass Communications/ Journalism and English Literature, respectively. In 2022, Mrs. Shankar received accolades for her executive leadership within the IT industry and beyond and was named among 10 Women Making a Difference in Cybersecurity by CRN, a top technology news and information source for solution providers, IT channel partners, and value-added resellers.

Mrs. Shankar brings to the Board her deep experience innovating technological solutions, driving strategic change in global enterprises, and portfolio building experience, including cybersecurity expertise. Mrs. Shankar also prides herself on being a champion of diversity, mentoring the next generation of technical women, and is a global advisor with “How Women Lead.”

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