Chief Development Officer, Cisco Systems
Mario Mazzola serves as Chief Development Officer at Cisco Systems. The Insieme team led by him is building next generation Data Center solutions with its Software Defined Networking vision – Application Centric Infrastructure – and is responsible for Cisco’s Merchant and Merchant Plus Switching Portfolio, including the Nexus 3000 and 9000 portfolios. Prior the Cisco acquisition of Insieme in November 2013, Mario served as Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder of Insieme Networks, Inc. As a 21-year veteran of Cisco, Mario’s guiding principles are communication, trust, fairness, and creating a challenging environment with an opportunity for growth.
Prior to Insieme, Mario served as Senior Vice President of the Server Access Virtualization Technology Group at Cisco Systems, where he led the team to grow Cisco’s portfolio of Data Center access and virtualization solutions to a multi-billion dollar business, garnering the #1 spot in US market share and #2 in Europe. The business began with the acquisition of Nuova Systems – a company co-founded and led by Mario as President and CEO. Nuova Systems focused on data center transformations, building the Nexus 2K, 5K, Unified Fabric and the Unified Computing System.
Prior to Nuova Systems, Mario held the position of Chief Development Officer at Cisco Systems. In this role, he was responsible for leading Cisco’s overall R&D strategy and managing the entire engineering organization comprised of eleven technology groups: IOS Technologies, Internet Switching & Services, Core Routing, Network Management Services, Optical, Storage, Voice, Aggregation, Access, Ethernet Access and Wireless. In addition to these roles, Mario served as Senior Vice President of New Business Ventures and Senior Vice President of the Enterprise Line of Business at Cisco Systems.
As the Senior VP of New Business Ventures, he was responsible for heading the incubation effort to explore new technologies that aligned and promoted Cisco’s business strategies. Under his leadership and guidance, Cisco acquired all major companies that, along with Crescendo, became the foundation for Cisco’s multi-billion dollar switching business, including Kalpana, Granite, and Grand Junction. As the Senior Vice President of the Enterprise Line of Business, he helped guide Cisco’s strategies for providing global end-to-end solutions and the convergence of data, voice, and video.
Prior to his tenure at Cisco, Mario was co-founder and served as the President and CEO of Crescendo. During a 3-year period, he helped grow Crescendo’s revenues to a run rate of approximately $15 million. Post-acquisition, Crescendo became the Workgroup Business Unit at Cisco, with Mario serving as Vice President and General Manager. Mario also served as co-founder and Vice President of Engineering of David Systems, a company focused on integrating PBX technology (voice) with local area networking technology (data).
Mario holds a Masters of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Bologna University in Bologna, Italy. He pioneered switching and is a recognized visionary and leader in the networking and communications industry. He holds several patents on networking-related technologies, including data transmissions, integration of voice and data, transport of voice over Ethernet, and memory extensions on UCS.