Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India
|Alma mater||IIT Delhi|
|Occupation||CEO of NIO, U.S.|
|Board member of||NextEV, Microsoft,|
Museum of Science and Industry
Padmasree Warrior is the former Chief Executive Officer of NIO U.S as well as a member of its board of directors. In these capacities, she was responsible for the brains of NIO's autonomous electric vehicles and the overall user experience. Prior to this she held senior executive positions in Motorola and Cisco.
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 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. She holds a master's degree in chemical engineering from Cornell University.
Work at Motorola
Warrior joined Motorola in 1984 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. 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.
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. It was announced in June 2015 that she will be leaving Cisco Systems. She resigned from NIO inc on 12/17/2018.
Fortune Magazine called her one of four rising stars on its Most Powerful Women list, 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. In 2001 she was one of six women nationwide selected to receive the "Women Elevating Science and Technology" award from Working Woman Magazine. As of 2014, she is listed as the 71st most powerful woman in the world by Forbes. In 2018 she was also featured among "America's Top 50 Women In Tech" by Forbes.
Warrior is featured in the Notable Women in Computing cards.
Warrior serves on the boards of Chicago's Joffrey Ballet and Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago Mayor's Technology Council, Cornell University Engineering Council and advisory council of Indian Institute of Technology. She previously served on the Texas Governor's Council for Digital Economy, 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. Warrior also served on the board of directors for Corning Incorporated from 2005 through 2008. In October 2013 Padmasree Warrior joined the Gap Inc. board of directors. In December 2015 she joined Microsoft's board of directors.
Warrior is married and has a son.
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