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Padmasree Warrior

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Most Creative People 2009

Padmasree Warrior

CEO, NIO

Cisco

Padmasree Warrior is the CEO of U.S. for electric car company NIO where she’s working to usher in the next generation of vehicles that are safe, green and accessible.

Prior to joining NIO in 2015, Warrior served as Cisco Chief Technology & Strategy Officer and was charged with aligning technology development and corporate strategy to enable Cisco to anticipate, shape, and lead major market transitions. She helped direct technology and operational innovation across the company and oversees strategic partnerships, mergers and acquisitions, the integration of new business models, the incubation of new technologies, and the cultivation of world-class technical talent.

In her previous role, Warrior served as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and also co-led Cisco’s worldwide engineering organization. As Senior Vice President, Engineering, she was responsible for core switching, collaboration, cloud computing and data center/virtualization, security, and architectures for business transformation.

Warrior joined Cisco in 2008. Prior to that, she was executive vice president and CTO at Motorola. Under her leadership, Motorola was awarded the 2004 National Medal of Technology.

Warrior holds a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi and a master of science degree in chemical engineering from Cornell University.

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