Guillermo Diaz Jr.
Guillermo Diaz, Jr., is a transformative global business leader and champion of inclusion and diversity. He is currently the CEO of Kloudspot, Inc., an innovative predictive AI and IOT analytics platform provider. Prior to Kloudspot, he was a transformational innovator across Cisco and broadly in the industry where he developed a strong track record for accelerating culture through people, process, and technology. As the Head of Customer Transformation, he and his team leveraged Cisco’s own digital journey and thought leadership to partner with customers on their transformation programs. He was a key leader in building the technology platforms at Cisco. Mr. Diazserved as Cisco’s Global Chief Information Officer and was responsible for the IT organization, strategy, and services. His focus was driving the business acceleration critical to the agile, digital transformation of Cisco, its customers, and partners.
Mr. Diazbegan his career in telecommunications with the U.S. Navy, where he received a military scholarship that led to his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Regis University in Colorado. Prior to Cisco, Mr. Diazheld senior IT leadership positions with some of Silicon Valley’s most respected companies, including Silicon Graphics, Intelligent Electronics (Ingram Micro), and Alza Corporation (now Johnson & Johnson)
Since joining Cisco Systems in 2000, Mr. Diazwas a major driver in the development of Cisco’s world-class IT organization. He led initiatives that transformed significant business foundations, from the Cisco Networked infrastructure to all primary business application functions and the integration of more than 150 acquisitions. These application areas include Cisco’s $50B+ electronic commerce, technical services, professional services, service sales and marketing, customer service, Cisco Capital, and cloud/SaaS platforms. As the Global CIO, he simplified the IT financial structure driving more than 30% improvement in cost while helping drive Cisco’s top line through being Customer Zero and using Cisco’s products, software, and services technology as a key growth accelerator.
Inclusion and Diversity is a top priority and passion for Mr. Diaz, as evidenced by his sustained work in his own organizations, across Cisco, and broadly in the community. He was a key leader of the Cisco Diversity Council and the visionary/executive sponsor of Conexión – Cisco’s Hispanic/Latino employee resource organization and Cisco’s Veteran employee resource organization. He has led the acceleration of building future technology leaders, who happen to be minorities, through his innovative leadership with student work-study programs inside of Cisco (Cristo Rey), scholarships delivered through the Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC) and is now the Chairman of HITEC.
- C-Suite Leaders –Top Latinos in C-Suite | 2019
- Maestro Award – Top Industry Leadership | 2019
- Top Ten Latino Leaders by Silicon Valley Business Journal | 2019
- Innovation: Technology Business Management | 2017
- Executive Sponsor of the Year – Cisco Customer Success Award | 2016
- Top 10 LIDERES Award | 2016
- Estrella of the Year Award for outstanding individual leadership in the IT field | 2015
- Top 100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM | 2016
- Silicon Valley Business Journal Best CIO | 2014
- National Eagle Leadership Award | 2010
- CIO Magazine’s Ones to Watch Award | 2007
Mr. Diaz lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, and they have four children who are now accelerating on their own journeys. He enjoys his family, sports, and is an avid golfer.