Kevin Kennedy is Senior Vice President of the Service Provider Line of Business at Cisco Systems. He leads the team that focuses on providing "New World" solutions for Internet Service Providers, Telcos, Cable and Wireless companies.
Kennedy's primary responsibility is to shape the strategy and guarantee the execution for Cisco in the public access market, measuring success by revenue share and market growth. Kennedy is helping to fulfill Cisco's vision as a provider of comprehensive solutions, and as the leader in the convergence of voice, video, and data in the public access market. In addition, Kennedy ensures that solutions developed for the service provider market transfer to other markets served by Cisco.
In August 1998, Kennedy was named Senior Vice President of the Service Provider Line of Business at Cisco Systems. In that position, Kennedy has grown revenues at a rapid pace and successfully executed against Cisco's New World vision. Prior to that he was Vice President of Cisco's Access Business Unit responsible for "last mile" technologies including dial-up, digital subscriber line (DSL), and cable.
Kennedy began his career at Cisco in January 1994 as Director of Marketing in the Leased Line Access Market, enabling Cisco to enter low-end markets. His responsibilities later expanded to include the Dial Access market, the first time Cisco began connecting users to the network.
Prior to joining Cisco, Kennedy spent 17 years at Bell Laboratories where he was responsible for product definition and development. Products under his development leadership included packet-switched data Private Branch Exchange (PBX) adjunct processors known as Datakit and ISN, Fiber Distributed Data Interface (FDDI), synchronous modems, speech recognition, and voice response. In his last role at Bell Laboratories, Kennedy grew the speech recognition/voice response business of the AT&T Conversant product by opening up the architecture for broader innovation.
On loan from Bell Labs in 1987, he was a congressional fellow to the US House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology, assisting Congress in understanding issues such as security export controls, technology policy and U.S. high technology competitiveness.
As a five-year veteran of Cisco with a proven track record of producing results and building strong teams, Kennedy is known to be focused, driven, passionate, and detail-oriented.
Kennedy holds a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, a M.S. degree and Ph.D. from Rutgers University in New Jersey. Kennedy also completed the Executive Management Program with the University of Michigan.
In the early 80's Mr. Kennedy taught graduate courses at Rutgers for four semesters. Kennedy has published more than 30 technical articles on computational methods and issues of technology management.
Kennedy enjoys family outings with his wife, son and daughter, playing tennis, and music.
As a former Board of Education Member in New Jersey, Mr. Kennedy has a special interest in advances in education.