CMO & SVP
Karen Walker is Chief Marketing Officer at Cisco, responsible for the company’s Global Marketing, Corporate Communications, and Government and Community Relations groups. She leads the global Go To Market Organization that manages the outbound marketing of Cisco products and solutions, while accelerating sales through Cisco's sales force and partners. Her team takes an integrated marketing approach from brand to demand, using digital and social media to engage customers and partners on their purchase journey. Walker is accountable for a global revenue marketing goal. Since joining Cisco, she has championed marketing's role as an accountable business function aligning closely with sales teams and a vital resource to partners. Most recently at Cisco, Walker was Senior Vice President of Segment, Services and Partner Marketing, leading a global team to engage customers in addressing their technology challenges with Cisco product and services solutions. Walker's 20-plus years in the IT industry have included senior field and marketing leadership roles in Europe, North America, and the Asia Pacific region. She joined Cisco from Hewlett-Packard, where she held business and consumer leadership positions including Vice President of Alliances and Marketing for HP Services, and Vice President of Strategy and Marketing for both the Consumer Digital Entertainment and Personal Systems groups. Walker is a recognized industry authority on both technology and marketing topics. She is a Board member of the I.T. Services Marketing Association and a member of the CMO Council, the Marketers that Matter Council, Advancing Executive Women (AWE) in Silicon Valley, and CRN's 2013 Women of the Channel. Walker also sponsors multiple initiatives to accelerate female leadership within Cisco and has lectured on business thought leadership at UC Berkeley, Haas Business School. Walker holds a bachelor of science degree with joint honors in chemistry and business studies from Loughborough University in England.