• Keynotes

    Keynotes provide insight and strategic direction from Cisco’s executives and industry thought leaders

    Cisco leadership and luminaries from the world of technology, business, and entertainment take the stage during the Cisco Live main keynotes to share their unique insights on the opportunities for today’s innovators to help lead digital transformation. Your time is now. Learn how you can become a driving force for innovation and growth within your organization.

    Keynote Speakers

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    Cisco Welcome Keynote

    Tuesday, November 8, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

    Kevin Bandy

    Kevin Bandy
    SVP, Chief Digital Officer, Cisco

    Kevin Bandy is Cisco’s Chief Digital Officer. He has a bold vision, coupled with a diverse set of abilities—a combination of global channel development, entrepreneurship, and operational excellence—that he is using to drive the digital transformation of Cisco and our customers.

    A member of the Executive Leadership Team, Bandy is defining Cisco’s digital vision and strategy, functioning as a force driver behind the company’s innovation and growth. He leads the company’s digital portfolio growth efforts, working cross-functionally throughout the organization to design and implement a comprehensive model that will enable Cisco’s broad portfolio of solutions and services to be offered in the different ways our customers want to consume.

    In his previous role as Senior Vice President, Enterprise Transformation at Salesforce.com, Bandy was responsible for growth and market expansion by making Salesforce.com the foundation on which companies reengineer their front office operations. Creating faster responses to market transitions, increasing customer relevance, redefining ROI, and establishing greater relevance in channel partner relationships generated wider global adoption of broader cloud-enabled operating models.

    Prior to joining Salesforce.com, Bandy was the principal of Rhea Springs LLC, a strategy consultancy firm working with Fortune 500 senior leadership to design and execute mission-critical, multiyear business transformation programs. Before that, Bandy was brought into Accenture to establish market relevance for the firm to the growth portion of its clients’ business. His efforts aided in the development of Accenture’s sales and marketing transformation practices and a market-leading SaaS practice. Before joining Accenture, he ran the growth and strategy efforts for a sales outsourcing company that assisted companies such as IBM, Apple, GE, HP, and other major companies in pursuing higher sales growth by building and running sales organizations focused on retail, direct, and indirect channels. This background, along with significant experience on the front lines managing major global sales operations, has enabled him to direct the development of innovative routes to market solutions for numerous large enterprises around the world.

    Bandy also worked at IBM after he successfully completed the licensing of a software company to its multimedia studios. At IBM, he served as a regional sales manager overseeing direct sales and distribution for the eastern United States and the Caribbean as well as defining global distribution strategies.

    Bandy received a bachelor of science degree in business administration from the University of Tennessee. He currently lives in the San Jose, CA area with his wife and four sons.

    Guest Keynote

    Wednesday, November 9, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

    Adam Cheyer

    Adam Cheyer
    Co-founder & VP Engineering at Siri, Inc. & Viv Labs.

    Adam Cheyer is co-founder and VP Engineering of Viv Labs, a startup whose goal is to simplify the world by providing an intelligent interface to everything. Previously, Adam was co-founder and VP Engineering at Siri, Inc. When Siri was acquired by Apple in 2010, he became a Director of Engineering in the iPhone/iOS group. As a startup, Siri won the Innovative Web Technologies award at SXSW, and was chosen a Top Ten Emerging Technology by MIT’s Technology Review; Apple’s version of Siri was presented “Best Technical Achievement” at the 2011 Crunchies Awards, and is now available on hundreds of millions of devices.

    Adam is also a Founding Member and Advisor to Change.org (150M people taking action, victories every day), and a co-founder of Sentient.ai (solving the world’s hardest problems through massively-scaled machine learning). As a researcher, Adam authored 60 publications and 25 issued patents. At SRI International, he was Chief Architect of CALO, one of DARPA’s largest AI and machine learning projects. Adam graduated with highest honors from Brandeis University and received the “Outstanding Masters Student” from UCLA’s School of Engineering.

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