Keynotes

Fresh perspectives, Aha moments, and Big Ideas from Cisco executives and industry thought leaders.

Cisco Live 2019 provided attendees with the knowledge and tools to grow personally and professionally. You can access the sessions and talks for free in our On-Demand Library. Each of the 2019 speakers listed below has a hyperlink that will take you directly to their bios. We hope these resources keep you inspired and allow you to refresh your memory and learn new things throughout the year.

2019 KEYNOTES

Watch Cisco leadership share their unique insights on the state of Cisco, the industry, and the unique opportunities ahead for IT professionals.

Join Cisco leadership on the Cisco Live main stage to hear unique insights on the state of Cisco, the industry, and the unique opportunities ahead for IT professionals.


Jim Walsh
Senior Vice President, Growth Marketing, Cisco


Colonel Chris Hadfield
Astronaut, Engineer and Pilot

CISCO KEYNOTE

CISCO KEYNOTE

Tuesday, October 29
05:00 p.m. – 06:30 p.m.

JIM WALSH

Senior Vice President, Growth Marketing, Cisco

Jim Walsh is the Senior Vice President of Growth Marketing at Cisco. Walsh and his team are responsible for strengthening Cisco’s brand and increasing demand for Cisco’s solutions by delivering business and IT outcomes to enable customers’ digital transformation. Previously, Walsh led the Global Sales Segments and Industries team, where he was responsible for delivering a consistent sales strategy across all segments and geographies.

Walsh’s deep understanding of both customers’ business needs and Cisco’s technologies has been key to his success. He is well known for leading transformational teams that consistently deliver their objectives with a high degree of innovation and customer satisfaction.

Walsh has held several executive positions at Cisco, including Senior Vice President of the Global Enterprise Segment, where he led the go-to-market strategy for 500 of Cisco’s largest customers globally; Senior Vice President of Cisco’s multi-billion dollar Security business, where he accelerated security sales; and Vice President and Chief of Staff for Cisco’s President of Development and Worldwide Sales, where he was responsible for executing Cisco’s strategic agenda. He also served as the Vice President of Financial Services for the Global Enterprise Theater, where he grew the financial markets business by delivering tangible business outcomes to Cisco’s most strategic global financial services clients. Prior to this role, Walsh was the Client Director for Bank of America.

Before joining Cisco in 1996, Walsh held various field operations and sales positions at NYNEX.

Walsh has a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from Villanova University and an MBA degree from Fordham University. He is based in Charlotte, North Carolina.

John N. Stewart
Senior Vice President, Chief Security and Trust Officer, Cisco

John N. Stewart formed and leads Cisco’s Security and Trust Organization, which underscores the company’s commitment to address two of the most critical and top-of-mind issues for boardrooms and world leaders alike. Under Stewart’s leadership, the organization’s core missions include protecting Cisco’s public- and private-sector customers, enabling and ensuring Cisco Secure Development Lifecycle and Trustworthy Systems efforts across the company’s portfolio, and leadership in data protection and privacy, trust and assurance, and cybersecurity efforts with governments globally.

Throughout his 25-year career, Stewart has led or participated in widely ranging security initiatives from IT design for elementary schools to national security programs. He is a Board Director for ReFirm Labs and SpyCloud, special advisor to the Board of Directors for Focal Point, RedSeal, and NSX, llc. (LSE: NSX) and is on the Syracuse University’s College of Engineering Dean’s Leadership Council. Stewart previously served on the Australian Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Cyber Security Review panel, the Cybersecurity Think Tank at the University of Maryland University College, and the CSIS Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th United States Presidency. During his career, Stewart has served on the Board of Directors for Fixmo, Koolspan, the National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance (NCFTA), RiskSense, Shadow Networks, and Shape Security. He has been on advisory boards for Akonix Systems, Anomali, Area 1 Security, BlackStratus, Cloudshield Technologies, Finjan Holdings, Ingrian Networks, Nok Nok Labs, Riverhead Networks, and TripWire.

Stewart, a highly sought public and closed-door speaker who leads an organization that is well-recognized across the industry, keynoted RSA Conference USA 2018. In 2017, the International Business Awards (Stevie Awards) and the Golden Bridge Awards honored the Cisco Security and Trust Organization as IT Team of the Year and Management Team of the Year, respectively, with Stewart also winning a ‘Stevie’ as an Innovator of the Year in Computer Services and Software. Additionally, Stewart won the 2017 Ada Award for his vision of a Trust-Based Ecosystem of Technologies, Process and People. In the past three years, Stewart and his team have received numerous industry awards, including Info Security Products Guide Global Excellence Award for Security Organization of the Year (2016); as well as RSA’s Award for Excellence in Information Security (2015), the Global Golden Bridge Award for CISO of the Year (2014), and the CSO 40 Silver Award for Chief Security Officer of the Year (2014) for Stewart individually.

Stewart has a Master of Science degree in computer and information science from Syracuse University.

CISCO TECHNOLOGY KEYNOTE

TECHNOLOGY KEYNOTE

The Transformational Value of Connecting Technology, Innovation, and People

Wednesday, October 30
05:00 p.m. – 06:00 p.m

Maciej Kranz
Vice President, Strategic Innovation, Cisco Systems

Maciej Kranz brings 30 years of networking industry experience to his position as Vice President, Corporate Strategic Innovation Group at Cisco. He leads the group focused on incubating new businesses, accelerating internal innovation, and driving co-innovation with customers and partners through a global network of Cisco Innovation Centers.

Prior to this role, Kranz was General Manager of the Connected Industries Group at Cisco, a business unit focused on the Internet of Things (IoT). He built a $250M business from the ground up in 18 months and relentlessly evangelized the IoT opportunity across Cisco and the market, making IoT one of Cisco’s major priorities.

Previously, Kranz led efforts across Cisco to define, prioritize, and deliver Borderless Network Architecture and roadmaps. He also drove business and product strategy for the wireless and mobility business and led product management for the stackable Ethernet switching business unit through its expansion from $400M to $6B in revenues.

Before coming to Cisco, Kranz held various management positions at 3Com Corporation, where he drove a $1B Ethernet network interface cards (NICs) product line. He began his professional career at IBM Corporation.

In his New York Times Best Selling book, Building the Internet of Things, and its companion Project Workbook, Kranz offers practical advice to business decision makers on how and why to implement IoT today. He formed a thought-leadership forum and newsletter to exchange industry insights on IoT developments. Kranz is also a faculty member of Singularity University, focusing on IoT and corporate innovations.

GUEST KEYNOTE

GUEST KEYNOTE

Thursday, October 31
05:00 p.m. – 06:30 p.m.

COLONEL CHRIS HADFIELD

Astronaut, Engineer and Pilot

Referred to as “the most famous astronaut since Neil Armstrong”, Colonel Chris Hadfield is a worldwide sensation. Acclaimed for making outer space accessible to millions, and for infusing a sense of wonder into our collective consciousness not felt since humanity first walked on the Moon, Colonel Hadfield continues to bring the marvels of science and space travel to everyone he encounters.

In 1992, Colonel Hadfield was selected as a NASA Mission Specialist, and three years later he was aboard the Shuttle Atlantis, where he helped build the Mir space station. In 2001, on Shuttle Endeavour, Colonel Hadfield performed two spacewalks and in 2003, he became Commander of the International Space Station for six months off planet. Colonel Hadfield’s many awards include the Order of Canada, the Meritorious Service Cross, and the NASA Exceptional Service Medal. He was named the Top Test Pilot in both US Air Force and US Navy and was inducted into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame.

Colonel Hadfield is the author of three internationally bestselling books: An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, You Are Here, and his children’s book, The Darkest Dark. Additionally, he released his musical album, Space Sessions: Songs From a Tin Can, in 2015 and his video of David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’ –seen by over 75 million people– was called “possibly the most poignant version of the song ever created” by Bowie himself. He is also featured on Ted.com for his talk: What I Learned from Going Blind in Space.

Currently, Colonel Hadfield can be seen as the co-creator and host of the internationally acclaimed BBC series Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes?, and he is co-hosting, with actor Will Smith, the National Geographic series One Strange Rock, directed by Darren Aronofsky. Colonel Hadfield is also the producer of the celebrated Rare Earth series on YouTube, and the creator of the on-stage celebration Generator, which combines science, comedy, and music for sold-out audiences. Additionally, Colonel Hadfield is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Waterloo and a founding director of the Canadian Children's Literacy Foundation.

He frequently keynotes major business conferences about the next 20 years in computers, finance, banking and commerce. Do not miss the opportunity to see him!

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