Carl De Groote

Senior Director for Defense Operations Cisco

Carl De Groote is the Senior Director for Defense Operations at Cisco Systems, Inc, where he is responsible for delivering products, solutions, and services to the United States Department of Defense (DoD).

Prior to this position, Carl was Sr. Director of Cisco’s US Public Sector Architectures & Client Application Organization.  In this role he lead a team of 240 professionals who collaborate with Public Sector customers and partners to bring significant and sustainable impact in the form of better citizen services, higher government productivity, better student outcomes in education at local and national levels and the enhancement of our national defense capability both in the physical and cyber domains.

Integrating Cisco’s capabilities in the areas of data center, security, mobility and collaboration, De Groote and his teams take a holistic approach to bring value to customers, both engineering and applying solutions that provide for better mission and business outcomes.  De Groote is also responsible for the execution of Cisco’s software and cloud strategy in the Public Sector, aligning resources to accelerate growth of Cisco’s software and IT consumption offerings.

Carl brings 22 years of technology and leadership experience in the Public Sector.  De Groote has been with Cisco for more than 13 years, during which time he has served as a manager in a number of capacities, including Civilian Agency Operations Director in Cisco’s Federal Organization, where he worked closely a variety of federal agencies including the Departments of Homeland Security, Agriculture, Treasury, Health & Human Services, Social Security Administration and US Postal Service to name a few.  Prior to working at Cisco De Groote held a number of positions in the technology industry at Oracle and Westinghouse.

Outside of his responsibilities at Cisco, De Groote is a fellow of the American Council for Technology, Industry Advisory Council and had been an active member of The Association for Federal Information Resources Management (AFFIRM).

De Groote holds a BA in Business Administration with a specialty in Marketing from Loyola University in Maryland.

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