Ep. 170 – Cisco Meraki VP of Operations, Denise Thomas

Ep. 170 – Cisco Meraki VP of Operations, Denise Thomas

Our guest today is Denise Thomas, VP, Operations, and COO for Cisco’s Meraki business unit, where she’s responsible for Inclusion, Employee Experience, IT, Business Systems, Program Management, Facilities, Business, and Manufacturing Operations. 

Before her current role, Denise served as Meraki’s Chief of Staff at Meraki and Head of People. An experienced operator, Denise played a pivotal role in enabling Meraki to grow from 300 employees to over 2,000, helping the team navigate its high growth startup stage through a successful integration as part of Cisco. 

Denise has held a range of roles at leading companies, including Uncommon Schools, Longs Drugs (CVS), TJX Companies, and Frito-Lay. Denise holds a BA in Economics from Yale University and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business. 

 

In This Conversation We Discuss:

  • Company culture: How it changes over time and when is culture “too much” and becomes a cult, without creating value 
  • What changes are made by the necessity of adapting to the times 
  • How Denise’ personality has helped her succeed in her company 
  • What core executive function skills are typically focused on 
  • How Denise was able to achieve her career goals and keep a healthy balance with her husband and her homelife        

 

Resources:

Connect with Denise Thomas: LinkedIn 

Cisco Meraki – https://meraki.cisco.com

 

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