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Kathy O'Connell

Cisco Global Marketing
Director of Thought Leadership

As director of thought leadership for Cisco Global Marketing, Kathy O’Connell leads the development of visionary and innovative insights centered on the sweeping changes of the Internet of Everything (IoE) era. Kathy and her team predict and illuminate the opportunities, market transitions, and key solutions that will transform organizations and entire industries. They build upon global, fact-based research and economic analysis to showcase how IoE cornerstones such as cloud, mobility, social media, analytics, and security are making the vast promise of IoE a reality. And they further accelerate Cisco’s thought leadership through such programs as the CEO.CIO Leadership Council, a peer-to-peer community comprised of top global business leaders.

In her latest position, O’Connell draws on a wealth of deep, diverse, and relevant experience. As director of the Cisco Consulting Services Market Development Practice, she helped customers and partners create new value in the rapidly changing IoE economy. Working alongside Cisco Consulting’s senior leadership team, O’Connell created go-to-market strategies and full-spectrum offer portfolios, while ensuring their customer-facing impact for some of Cisco’s biggest clients. Prior to that, O’Connell headed the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group’s Communications Strategy Practice, where she directed thought leadership that positioned Cisco as a trusted business adviser with C-level executives across the enterprise, public sector, and service provider markets.

Before Cisco, O’Connell was marketing director at KPMG. As a member of the senior leadership team, she developed the firm’s marketing strategy, organizational framework, and annual priorities. Prior to KPMG, O’Connell was vice president at McGrath/Power Public Relations, where she created high-impact communications strategies on behalf of clients such as TiVo and Intellisync. She was also an associate at Edelman Pubic Relations, where her team won the Public Relations of America Silver Anvil award for excellence in crises communications.

O’Connell graduated cum laude from Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut.

My Speakers Sessions

Thursday, October 9