Phil Smith

Chair, Cisco UK and Ireland


Phil Smith is the UK & Ireland Chief Executive of Cisco Systems. Phil has a thirty year track record in the Information and Communications Technology industry. He leads around 5,500 Cisco people in the UK and Ireland. Phil and his team enable organisations in the private and public sector to innovate and drive transformation, productivity and sustainable growth.

Phil is the Chairman of the UK Technology Strategy Board and Chair of e-Skills UK. He sits on the board of The Business Disability Forum, the Foundation for Science and Technology (FST) and The National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB). He is also the Co-Chair of the Future Technologies and Infrastructure Working Group for the Information Economy Council.

In December 2013, Phil was hailed as the 5th most influential person in UK IT by Computer Weekly in its UKTech50 awards. In 2012, Phil was voted Orange Business Leader of the Year in the National Business Awards and ranked as number 29 in the Wired 100.

Phil’s vision is to help build a brilliant future for the UK & Ireland. He is a distinguished thinker and speaker on the power of our connected world, sustainability, ambition, inclusion & diversity and business transformation. He works closely with industrial leaders and top thinkers in business, politics, academia and society to orchestrate life-changing innovation.

Over the past two years, Phil has championed the British Innovation Gateway (BIG) programme, created as a legacy of London 2012 to spark nationwide ingenuity, ambition and growth through technology entrepreneurship and STEM skills.

In 2012, Phil founded ‘The Leaderboard’; a cross industry team of thirty UK CEOs who raised more than £250,000 for Comic Relief by competing in a triathlon – and they’re about to do it all again in 2014. Phil has four children and lives near Stratford-upon-Avon with his wife Steph.

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