Karen Walker

2019 Speaker

KAREN WALKER is the senior vice president and chief marketing officer at Cisco. She and her team are responsible for building and strengthening Cisco’s brand, supporting growth strategies, cultivating opportunities in new and existing markets, and increasing demand for Cisco’s solutions globally. Since becoming CMO in 2015, Walker has completely transformed the marketing function at Cisco to become the leader in real-time, personalized marketing. She has led the organization as Cisco’s brand value increased sixteen percent in the past three years to $34.6B, ranking fifteenth in the world according to Interbrand (2018). For two years in a row, she was recognized by Forbes as one of the World’s Most Influential CMOs, currently ranked at number fourteen. She is a board member of the Association of National Advertisers, and is a strong supporter of the #SeeHer movement – an effort set forth by the ANA to accurately portray all women and girls in the media by 2020. This aligns with her passion for supporting and encouraging women in STEM. Walker earned a BA with joint honors in chemistry and business studies from Loughborough University in England, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration from the University of Sunderland in 2018. @cisco

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