Guillermo Diaz, Jr., is a transformative global business leader and champion of inclusion and diversity. He is currently the CEO of Kloudspot, Inc., an innovative predictive AI and IOT analytics platform provider. Prior to these roles, he was a transformational innovator across Cisco and broadly in the industry where he developed a strong track record for accelerating culture through people, process, and technology. As the Head of Customer Transformation, he and his team leveraged Cisco’s own digital journey and thought leadership to partner with customers on their transformation programs. He was a key leader in building the technology platforms at Cisco. Guillermo served as Cisco’s Global Chief Information Officer and was responsible for the IT organization, strategy, and services. His focus was driving the business acceleration critical to the agile, digital transformation of Cisco, its customers, and partners.
Guillermo began his career in telecommunications with the U.S. Navy, where he received a military scholarship that led to his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Regis University in Colorado. Prior to Cisco, Guillermo held senior IT leadership positions with some of Silicon Valley’s most respected companies, including Silicon Graphics, Intelligent Electronics (Ingram Micro), and Alza Corporation (now Johnson & Johnson)
Since joining Cisco Systems in 2000, Guillermo was a major driver in the development of Cisco’s world-class IT organization. He led initiatives that transformed significant business foundations, from the Cisco Networked infrastructure to all primary business application functions and the integration of more than 150 acquisitions. These application areas include Cisco’s $50B+ electronic commerce, technical services, professional services, service sales and marketing, customer service, Cisco Capital, and cloud/SaaS platforms. As the Global CIO, he simplified the IT financial structure driving more than 30% improvement in cost while helping drive Cisco’s top line through being Customer Zero and using Cisco’s products, software, and services as key growth accelerators.
Inclusion and Diversity is a top priority and passion for Mr. Diaz, as evidenced by his sustained work in his own organizations, across Cisco, and broadly in the community. He was a key leader of the Cisco Diversity Council and the visionary/executive sponsor of Conexión - Cisco’s Hispanic/Latino employee resource organization and Cisco’s Veteran employee resource organization. He has led the acceleration of building future technology leaders, who happen to be minorities, through his innovative leadership with student work-study programs inside of Cisco (Cristo Rey), scholarships delivered through the Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC) and is now the Chairman of HITEC.