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With the believe that future of the country lies in the hands of those individuals who can develop new ideas in technology. Padmasree Warrior is one of the handfuls of women executives in this male dominated world of technology. In her present role as the CTO of CISCO, she is responsible for alignment of technology and development as well the corporate strategy. She is known to have an innate passion for life which is placed her in the position in which she is today. She also termed as one of the most powerful women in the technology industry works with CISCO where only a quarter of the workforces are women. Like any other women, she also as a wife, as a mother and also as a powerful career women, juggles between her roles to strike a balance between her personal as well as her work life. She says,” The important thing to remember is that it isn't about balance, it's about integration."

Early Days and Education

Padmasree Warrior was born in the city of Vijayawada, from the state of Andhra Pradesh and was raised in the same city. She was born in a Telugu family. She finished her schooling from the Children's Montessori School and completed her college from the Maris Stella College from Vijayawada.

Padmasree Warrior received her Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology from Delhi in the year 1982. She also holds a Masters in Chemical Engineering from the Cornell University and also serves as an advisory member on the board at both these schools.

Mrs. Warrior started her career with Motorola in the year 1984 with its Arizona facility and was one of the few women employees there. She served with the firm for about 23 years and served in various roles which also includes the Corporate Vice President as well the General Manager for the Energy systems group of Motorola. She was always recognised for her leadership which was creative and very visionary.

The Spark

Padmasree Warrior started her career at Arizona facility of Motorola and has served for over 23 years with the company. She also served with the same firm with a wide variety of roles including being the vice president and also as the CTO of semiconductor products segment. She also served as the Corporate Vice President and General Manager with Energy systems from April of 2002 till January of 2003. She also served as the General Manager with Thoughtbeam Inc.

She served as the Corporate Vice President and Chief Technology Officer with Digital DNA labs with their semiconductor division from December 2000 to October 2001. She also was the vice president of HiPerMOS and RFLDMOS Device Center of Excellence from February 1999 till August 1999. She also is the director of Dow Corning Corporation. She is also the Director of GAP from September of 2013. She is also on the advisory board of Techonomy Media Inc and the Cornell University's Board of Trustees. She also serves on the Texas Governor's Council for Digital Economy. She is also a proud member of Texas Higher Education Board review panel.

His Journey with Cisco

Padmasree Warrior is now the Chief Technology and Strategy officer at CISCO systems and was also the former CTO with Motorola. She joined Cisco in the year 2007. Ms. Warriors name always topped the list to take over the position after John Chambers as she is known to be among the sharpest technology persons of the world. She is responsible to lead some major market transitions along with shaping up and anticipating a few. She also oversees various partnerships, company mergers as well as acquisitions. She is also responsible for the new business models and their integration along with the incubation of various technologies. She also has an idea to cultivate a world class technical talent across the firm.

Ms. Warrior also co-led the world wide engineering organization of Cisco apart from taking up roles related to cloud computing, collaboration, core switching, etc.


Padmasree Warrior got married to her IIT college mate named Mohandas. They both have a son by the name Karna. Her husband Mohandas Warrior presently serves as the President and the CEO at Alfalight.

Awards & Accolades
She was named as "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women" by Forbes for two consecutive years.
She was also awarded with the World of Difference Award, in the year 2013 by the International Alliance for Women.
She was also honoured in the same year with the Visionary award by the Silicon Valley's SVForum.
She was also honoured by the American Society of Engineers with Excellence in Engineering, Science and the technology Award.
She also received the Commerce's Excellence Award, which is given by United States Pan Asian American Chamber.
She also received Outstanding Woman of Achievement Award by the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago.
Mrs. Warrior was also awarded with the Innovator Award for Women in Technology by the International Museum of Women.
It was in the year 2012 she was called as one of the "25 Most Influential Women in Wireless” by Business Leader.
She was also awarded with the first Leadership in Science and Technology Award by the Aspen Award.
She was also the Global CTO award winner after the India's National Association of Software & Service Companies named her with that award.
She was also one of the top ten Women in the Cloud award by the CloudNOW.
Padmasree Warrior was also named as one of the top “50 women to watch”, by The Wall Street Journal”.
The fast company also named her in the 100 most creative people in business.
The Economic times also named her as the 11th most influential Global Indian.
Professional Affiliations
Motorola Solutions, Inc.
Dow Corning Corporation
Corning Inc.
Ferro Corporation
The Gap, Inc.
Motorola Solutions Venture Capital
Cornell University
Polytechnic Institute of New York University
Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
Agency for Science, Technology and Research
Techonomy Media Inc.
  If I had to pick three of my favorite magazines, they would be 'Fast Company', 'Silicon India', and 'Smithsonian.'
  Tech. is all about building human connections.
  When I present or speak, I write the slides myself. And regarding time, I would like to be able to publish more than I do.
  I always tell women to use the fact that we offer a different point of view in a room full of men, to their advantage. Because we often stand out, we gain a unique platform to demonstrate our knowledge and capabilities.
  I don't like the word 'balance.' To me, that somehow conjure up conflict between work and family... as long as we think of these things as conflicting, we will never have happiness. True happiness comes from integration... of work, family, self, community.
  I think social media, it in a way forces companies to be more authentic or more transparent because it gives a voice to the consumer and a reach to the consumer that they didn't have before.
  I'm thrilled to be joining Gap Inc., a company that understands the importance of integrating technology and retail in ways that improve the lives of its customers..
  I've taken Saturdays to be the day I pull back completely. I do things that are more creative, and I've actually found that helps me when I get back into work to be more thoughtful, and I truly believe that feeding your creative soul is really important to being more analytical.
  In the future, it's going to move from being just a data transport to really becoming a media experience platform. The Internet will be more about media, more about collaboration, much more virtualized and much greener..
  My mom taught me the power of love. I learned to focus on the long-term big picture from my father. His sense of humor and light-hearted approach always make me smile. My husband is a pivotal anchor in my life. His influence encourages me to be independent and take risks..
  When I took my first job, I was among only a handful of women. It was isolating at times. My love for technology kept me going, and I got to where I am today driven by my passion and self confidence. .
  While technology empowers us to remain connected all the time, it's up to us as people to decide when it is not appropriate to be connected... to opt out when you need to. .

Hope viewers caught up the spark…