Padmasree Warrior

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Padmasree Warrior
Born Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India
Alma mater IIT Delhi
Cornell University
Occupation Chief technology & strategy officer of Cisco Systems
Employer Cisco Systems
Board member of
Joffrey Ballet
Museum of Science and Industry
Spouse(s) Mohandas Warrior
Children Karna Warrior

Padmasree Warrior is the Chief Technology & Strategy Officer (CTO) of Cisco Systems, and the former CTO of Motorola, Inc. As of 2014, she is listed as the 71st most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.[1]

Early life[edit]

Warrior was born and raised in the city of Vijayawada in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, India. She was born in to a Telugu family. She went to school at the Children's Montessori School and Maris Stella College in Vijayawada. Warrior received a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi in 1982.[2][3] She holds a master's degree in chemical engineering from Cornell University.[4]


Work at Motorola[edit]

Warrior joined Motorola in 1984[5] Over the course of her 23 years at the company she served as Corporate Vice-President and general manager of Motorola's Energy Systems Group, and Corporate Vice-President and Chief Technology Officer in its Semiconductor Products Sector.[6] Her promotion to CTO after this failed venture has been called a "Dilbert moment" by observers in the technology industry.[7] When named Motorola's CTO in January 2003, Warrior became a senior vice-president and in 2005 she was promoted to executive vice-president.[8][9]

During Warrior's tenure as CTO, Motorola was awarded the 2004 National Medal of Technology by the President of the United States, the first time the company had received this honour. During this period she was a proponent of "Seamless Mobility" – the concept of having seamless communication across all facets of a person's life. The dream was not fully realised and the concept was eventually dropped from Motorola marketing presentations. She also is known for criticising, in her blog "Bits on my Edge".[10] On 4 December 2007, she left Motorola to become CTO at Cisco Systems.[11]


Fortune Magazine called her one of four rising stars on its Most Powerful Women list,[12] placing her between the 10 "highest paid" and the "Young and Powerful" categories. In 2005, The Economic Times ranked Warrior as the 11th Most Influential Global Indian.[13] In 2001 she was one of six women nationwide selected to receive the "Women Elevating Science and Technology" award from Working Woman Magazine.[14] As of 2014, she is listed as the 71st most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.[1]

Board participation[edit]

Warrior serves on the boards of Chicago's Joffrey Ballet[15] and Museum of Science and Industry,[16] Chicago Mayor's Technology Council,[17] Cornell University Engineering Council[18] and advisory council of Indian Institute of Technology.[19] She previously served on the Texas Governor's Council for Digital Economy,[5] the Technology Advisory Council for the FCC and on the Advisory Committee for the Computing and Information Science and Engineering of the National Science Foundation (NSF). She is also serving as a mentor in the State Department's International Women Leaders Mentoring Partnership.[19] Warrior also served on the board of directors for Corning Incorporated from 2005 through 2008.[20] In October 2013 Padmasree Warrior joined the Gap Inc. board of directors.[21]


  1. ^ a b "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women". Forbes. Forbes. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "IIT-Delhi Award goes to Padmasree Warrior, CTO Motorola". The Economic Times (Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd). 23 August 2004. 
  3. ^ "IIT alumni dominate global Indian tech influencers list". The Times of India (Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd). 18 February 2012. Retrieved 27 June 2012. 
  4. ^ Gilpin, Lyndsey. "Cisco CTO Padmasree Warrior: Engineer, Artist, Business Leader, Sage". TechRepublic. ZDNet. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Padmasree Warrior". VideoLectures.Net. VideoLectures.Net. Retrieved 27 June 2012. 
  6. ^ article
  7. ^ Microwaves 101 article
  8. ^ Padmasree Warrior Biography from Motorola
  9. ^ WITI – Hall of Fame
  10. ^ Bits on my edge blog
  11. ^ Savitz, Eric. "Cisco Names Padmasree Warrior Chief Technology Officer". Tech Trader Daily. Barron's. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  12. ^ "50 Most Powerful Women in Business 2006 | Fortune Magazine". Retrieved 13 April 2013. 
  13. ^
  14. ^ "TECHXNY/PC EXPO and Working Woman Magazine Announce Winners of First Annual W.E.S.T". Retrieved 13 April 2013. 
  15. ^ McKenzie, Sheena. "5 things you didn't know about Cisco's Warrior". Leading Women. CNN. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  16. ^ Dugdale, Addy. "Crib Sheet: Padmasree Warrior, CTO of Cisco Systems". Leadership. Fast Company. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  17. ^ Cooney, Michael. "Cisco lands Padmasree Warrior, Geek Queen". Layer 8. Network World. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  18. ^ "Breaking rules to push conventional boundaries". Cornell Engineering. Cornell University. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  19. ^ a b "Padmasree Warrior". WITI Hall of Fame. WITI. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  20. ^ Reese, Brad. "Cisco CTO Padmasree Warrior off Corning Board of Directors". Network World. Network World. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  21. ^ Lynch, Shana. "Cisco CTO Padmasree Warrior joins Gap board". Silicon Valley Business Journal. American City Business Journals. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 

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