President, Engineering and India
Site Leader, Cisco Systems
Amit Phadnis is the President - Engineering and India Site Leader for Cisco. Amit heads Cisco’s Core Software Group (CSG) India, a team responsible for $ 11 Bn business portfolio for Cisco. As a CSG head, Amit leads a team of 2500+ engineers to drive innovations and product developments, architectural alignment and integration with GTM (go-to-market) strategies in the routing, switching and wireless area. Amit has over 20 US PTO patents in his name.
As a site leader, Amit is responsible for the India Site charter, including strengthening the interlock between Cisco's engineering, customers, and sales teams while aligning the company's India site strategy with evolving customer and partner needs. He drives Cisco India’s Innovation initiatives, developer and partner (ISV) ecosystem, University relations and research activities. Amit is extremely passionate about employee engagement, leadership and talent development for the India site.
A technology leader with over 24 years of experience, Amit has grown in pace with Cisco in India. Amit was one of the first managers to join Cisco when it started operations in India circa 1999. Over the years, he has worked towards building world-class teams in India, first leading the Software Technology Group, and then the Enterprise Technology group, making significant contributions to Cisco's Routing and Switching Technologies.
Before joining Cisco, Amit was the Country Manager/CEO and Vice President of Engineering at Symbol-Motorola. In his role with Symbol, Amit was involved in building a strong product organization as a country manager. He contributed to technologies related to handheld computing, wireless and RFID. Amit has a Masters Degree in Electronics and Communication from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore.