Annmarie Neal, Talent

Annmarie Neal
Vice President, Cisco Center for Collaborative Leadership within Human Resources


Annmarie Neal has built a reputation as an accomplished strategist and innovator in the talent management field. Drawing on her extensive business experience, Annmarie's expertise is in designing strategy and architecting best-in-class recruiting, executive development, succession planning and organizational development solutions.

Annmarie takes a decidedly business-centric approach to solving talent issues, improving business results and building pipelines of next generation leaders. With over 20 years experience working with multi-national firms as well as Fortune 500 U.S. based companies, she has advised boards of directors and senior teams on the alignment of business strategy with pioneering talent management practices.

Most recently, Annmarie served as Senior Vice President, Global Talent Office at First Data Corporation, a $10 billion dollar global company. She designed and passionately guided the long-range integrated talent strategy for the company culminating in a paradigm and culture shift that capitalized on leadership as a competitive advantage.

A pivotal component of this strategy was the innovative and widely- acclaimed "First Executives" development series for the top 100 change leaders. The impact of this series was approximately $500 million in improved business performance through increasing revenues, simplifying processes and precise strategy execution. Another significant outcome of the series was the coalescing of the global leadership team in support of the CEO's agenda for double-digit growth.

Additionally, Annmarie created a unique concept for succession planning using a holistic approach to "talent portfolio" performance analysis. She introduced a team-based performance and succession model that shifted the organization to review "talent pools."

Prior to this, Annmarie held the position of Senior Consultant with RHR International Company where she was responsible for $1.3 million annually in billable revenue. Her work encompassed account management, business development and direct management consultation with senior executives.

Currently, Annmarie is the Vice President for the Cisco Center for Collaborative Leadership within the HR organization at Cisco Systems. She leads Cisco's efforts for Talent Planning, Executive Assessment, Executive Development, and Organizational Transformation.

Annmarie holds a doctorate and master's degree of psychology in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology – Berkeley. Additionally, she holds a master's degree in Counseling from Santa Clara University, a graduate Certificate of Special Studies in Management from Harvard University and a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Boston College.

She serves on the Advisory Board of Directors for the University of Colorado, Denver. She is a licensed psychologist and also a member in the American Psychological Association. Annmarie is also an author and speaker frequently sharing her expertise in the business, human resources and university communities.