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How to Grow a Human Network

Sue Bostrom sits high atop the corporate ladder at Cisco, but she also touts the merits of down-to-earth Midwestern values.

How to Grow a Human Network

Sue Bostrom sits high atop the corporate ladder at Cisco, but she also touts the merits of down-to-earth Midwestern values.

By Dave Wieczorek

When Sue Guenther Bostrom ’82 bus takes time from her extraordinarily busy life to retrace the roads she took from Palatine to the University of Illinois to San José, Calif., she laughs, she cries, she talks tough. She even does a little unabashed cheerleading, which leads us to make a disclaimer right up front: This is an upbeat story about a down-home, all-American girl. There’s simply no other way to portray Bostrom, a former pompom girl who grew up to become executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Cisco Systems Inc. – and one of the most influential women of her generation.

It takes only a few minutes with her to understand how Bostrom became a top executive with one of the largest high-tech corporations on the planet: by staying true to her essential nature. She is, in many ways, still the cheery, optimistic, unpretentious, bright teenager who left the suburbs of Chicago for the U of I and eventually became a powerful player in Silicon Valley.

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In January 2011, Sue Bostrum resigned as executive vice president, chief marketing officer and head of its Worldwide Government Affairs for Cisco, Inc. In a statement issued by Cisco, CEO John Chambers said "Sue has been a close colleague and an important member of our executive team during the nearly 14 years she has been at Cisco. She has made significant contributions to the company and has built talented leadership teams across our consulting, marketing and government affairs communities. We are proud to have had Sue as part of the leadership team and support her decision to move forward in the next chapter of her career and life. We wish her the very best."

In February 2011, Bostrum re-joined the board of directors of Cadence Design Systems. She previously served on the board from 2001-2005.

Cadence, a company based in San Jose, CA,  is known world wide for its software, hardware, methodologies and services to design and verify advanced semiconductors, consumer electronics, networking and telecommunications equipment, and computer systems.

 

 

 

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