Padmasree Warrior, CTO, Cisco
There’s a reason why Padmasree Warrior has over 1.4 million followers on Twitter: She is responsible for making sure that Cisco is well aware of the next big technology twist or turn. Warrior says that being on Twitter allows her to “have conversations and listen to voices that I don’t normally listen to.” That’s especially important to Warrior, who noted recently that one of the reasons she loves being at Cisco is because the company “embraces innovation inside and outside,” pointing to a report citing Cisco as the No. 1 acquirer of venture-backed companies over the past decade. You can be sure that Warrior is on the hunt for the next big acquisition target as Cisco moves aggressively into the cloud with a range of offerings and deeper into the consumer world with acquisitions like its buy last year of Flip video maker Pure Digital Technologies.