Padmasree Warrior

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Padmasree Warrior
Native name పద్మశ్రీ వారియర్
Born Yellepeddi Padmasree
Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India
Alma mater IIT Delhi
Cornell University
Occupation CEO of NIO, U.S.
Board member of NextEV, Microsoft,
Joffrey Ballet,
Museum of Science and Industry
Spouse(s) Mohandas Warrior
Children Karna Warrior

Padmasree Warrior is Chief Executive Officer of NIO U.S. She also serves as the Chief Development Officer of NIO, as well as a member of its Board of Directors. In these capacities, she is responsible for the brains of NIO's autonomous, electric vehicles and the overall user experience. She is based in San Jose, CA where NIO US is headquartered.

Previously, Warrior served as the Chief Technology & Strategy Officer (CTSO) for Cisco until September 2015. In this capacity she was charged with aligning the company's technology and business strategy to business results. She was in charge of corporate strategy, mergers, acquisitions, venture investments, and strategic partnerships. Previous to that she was the GM for Cisco Enterprise segment and co-led Cisco's worldwide engineering organization. Prior to joining Cisco, she was executive vice president and CTO at Motorola. Under her leadership, Motorola was awarded the 2004 U.S. National Medal of Technology.

Padmasree Warrior has been widely recognized for her creative, visionary leadership. Forbes has named her one of "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women" for three years running. In 2013, The International Alliance for Women gave her the World of Difference Award. In 2012, Business Insider called her one of the "25 Most Influential Women in Wireless". The Aspen Institute gave her the first Leadership in Science and Technology Award. India's National Association of Software & Service Companies (NASSCOM) named her the Global CTO Award winner. The Wall Street Journal has called her one of "50 Women to Watch." Fast Company included her among the "100 Most Creative People in Business." The Economic Times listed her as "the 11th Most Influential Global Indian."

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.

In addition to the company’s board, Warrior serves on the board of Microsoft and Spotify. She held previous board seats for Gap and Box.

Early life[edit]

Yellepeddi Padmasree was born and raised in the city of Vijayawada in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, India. She was born in to a Telugu Hindu Brahmin 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.[1][2] She holds a master's degree in chemical engineering from Cornell University.[3]


Work at Motorola[edit]

Warrior joined Motorola in 1984[4] 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.[4]Immediately prior to becoming Motorola's CTO, she served as general manager of Thoughtbeam, a product of Motorola, in Tempe, Arizona. When named Motorola's CTO in January 2003, Warrior became a senior vice-president and in 2005 she was promoted to executive vice-president.[5][6]

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. On 4 December 2007, she left Motorola to become CTO at Cisco Systems.[7] It was announced in June 2015 that she will be leaving Cisco Systems.[8]


Fortune Magazine called her one of four rising stars on its Most Powerful Women list,[9] 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.[10] In 2001 she was one of six women nationwide selected to receive the "Women Elevating Science and Technology" award from Working Woman Magazine.[11] As of 2014, she is listed as the 71st most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.[12]

Board participation[edit]

Warrior serves on the boards of Chicago's Joffrey Ballet[13] and Museum of Science and Industry,[14] Chicago Mayor's Technology Council,[15] Cornell University Engineering Council[16] and advisory council of Indian Institute of Technology.[17] She previously served on the Texas Governor's Council for Digital Economy,[4] 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.[17] Warrior also served on the board of directors for Corning Incorporated from 2005 through 2008.[18] In October 2013 Padmasree Warrior joined the Gap Inc. board of directors.[19] In December 2015 she joined Microsoft's board of directors.[20][21]

Personal life[edit]

Warrior is married and has a son.


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  2. ^ "IIT alumni dominate global Indian tech influencers list". The Times of India. Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. 18 February 2012. Retrieved 27 June 2012. 
  3. ^ Gilpin, Lyndsey. "Cisco CTO Padmasree Warrior: Engineer, Artist, Business Leader, Sage". TechRepublic. ZDNet. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c "Padmasree Warrior". VideoLectures.Net. VideoLectures.Net. Retrieved 27 June 2012. 
  5. ^ Padmasree Warrior Biography from Motorola
  6. ^ WITI – Hall of Fame
  7. ^ Savitz, Eric. "Cisco Names Padmasree Warrior Chief Technology Officer". Tech Trader Daily. Barron's. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
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  9. ^ "50 Most Powerful Women in Business 2006 | Fortune Magazine". Retrieved 13 April 2013. 
  10. ^ Duttagupta, Ishani (2005-04-11). "Advantage IIT". The Economic Times - indiatimes. Archived from the original on 11 April 2005. Retrieved 2015-04-19. 
  11. ^ "TECHXNY/PC EXPO and Working Woman Magazine Announce Winners of First Annual W.E.S.T". Retrieved 13 April 2013. 
  12. ^ "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women". Forbes. Forbes. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  13. ^ McKenzie, Sheena. "5 things you didn't know about Cisco's Warrior". Leading Women. CNN. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  14. ^ Dugdale, Addy. "Crib Sheet: Padmasree Warrior, CTO of Cisco Systems". Leadership. Fast Company. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  15. ^ Cooney, Michael. "Cisco lands Padmasree Warrior, Geek Queen". Layer 8. Network World. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  16. ^ "Breaking rules to push conventional boundaries". Cornell Engineering. Cornell University. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  17. ^ a b "Padmasree Warrior". WITI Hall of Fame. WITI. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  18. ^ Reese, Brad. "Cisco CTO Padmasree Warrior off Corning Board of Directors". Network World. Network World. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  19. ^ Lynch, Shana. "Cisco CTO Padmasree Warrior joins Gap board". Silicon Valley Business Journal. American City Business Journals. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  20. ^ "Microsoft proposes election of new board members". Microsoft News Center. Microsoft. 19 October 2015. Retrieved 30 December 2015. 
  21. ^ "Padmasree Warrior Executive Biography". Microsoft News Center. Microsoft. Retrieved 30 December 2015. 

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