Karen Ashley

2018 Speaker

KAREN ASHLEY is vice president of corporate development integration in the chief strategy office with Cisco. In this role, she drives operational and strategic programs for Cisco acquisitions, joint ventures, divestitures and strategic partnerships to advance Cisco’s buy, build, partner strategy. Ashley leads the team responsible for delivering maximum value from acquisitions to enable new business models, expand technical capabilities, and acquire new talent while transforming the business.  In this role, she embraces a world class methodology, end to end engagement, cross functional collaboration and positive employee, customer and partner experience. In her previous role, as VP of product operations for Cisco’s Supply Chain, Ashley led the product introduction and lifecycle management for the service provider customers.  She is a leader in diversity, founding and sponsoring iWise, focused on inspiring Women through information sharing and experiences. Prior to joining Cisco in 2000, Ashley held various management and engineering positions at Lucent Technologies and AT&T. She earned an MS in industrial engineering from Purdue University and a BS in industrial engineering and operations research from University of Massachusetts, Amherst. @cisco

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