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Sonar Thekdi

IoT Talent Consortium
Vice President of Business Operations, Cisco Internet of Things Business Group

Sonar Thekdi is the Vice President of Business Operations for Cisco’s Internet of Things Business Group. Sonar is responsible for driving the organization’s business planning and strategic direction setting, operational framework and governance, quality and execution excellence to scale the business with speed and deliver aggressive growth. Sonar is also chartered to drive an inclusive, fun and innovative culture across the organization.

Prior to her current role, Sonar led Operations for the multi-billion dollar Data Center business for Cisco. Sonar has also held a variety of engineering and operations roles in the switching and wireless business groups during her eighteen years at Cisco and has been instrumental in bringing industry-leading products to the market. From 2010- 2011, Sonar was Cisco’s global engineering talent strategy director where she was responsible for establishing an inclusive culture for recruiting, retaining, and developing the best talent.

Sonar is passionate about mentoring and sponsoring women in tech. She actively engages in various mentoring activities across Cisco and her broader community.

Sonar holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Engineering from San Jose State University.