Padmasree Warrior

Padmasree Warrior

Pasmasree Warrior is the former Chief Technology & Strategy Officer (CTO) of Cisco Systems, and the former CTO of Motorola, Inc.


  • Padmasree Warrior was born and raised in the city of Vijayawada in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, India.
  • She was born in to a Telugu family.
  • She is the CTO of Cisco Systems & the former CTO of Motorola, Inc.


  • She completed her schooling from Children’s Montessori School & Maris Stella College in Vijayawada.
  • Warrior received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi in 1982.
  • She holds masters in chemical engineering from Cornell University.

Industry Profile:

  • Warrior joined Motorola in 1984, as one of only a few women in its Arizona facility. Over the course of her 23 years at the company, she served in a broad range of roles, including Corporate Vice President and General Manager of Motorola’s Energy Systems Group, and Corporate Vice President and Chief Technology Officer in its Semiconductor Products Sector, which later became Freescale Semiconductor.
  • Prior to becoming Motorola’s CTO, she served as general manager of Thoughtbeam, a wholly owned Motorola subsidiary chartered to commercialize Motorola’s GaAs on silicon technology that was developed at the Physical Sciences Research Laboratory in Tempe, Arizona.
  • When named Motorola’s CTO in January 2003, Warrior became a senior vice president and in 2005 she was promoted to executive vice president.
  • During Warrior’s tenure as CTO, Motorola was awarded the 2004 National Medal of Technology by the President of the United States, the first time the company had received this honor.
  • On December 4, 2007, she left Motorola to become CTO at Cisco Systems.

Awards,Achievements & recognition:

  • Fortune Magazine called her one of four rising stars on its Most Powerful Women list, placing her between the 10 “highest paid” and the “Young and Powerful” categories.
  • In 2005, The Economic Times ranked Warrior as the 11th Most Influential Global Indian.
  • In 2001 she was one of six women nationwide selected to receive the “Women Elevating Science and Technology” award from Working Woman Magazine and her achievements were further recognized by American Immigration Law Foundation in 2003.
  • In 2004, she was conferred with the Distinguished Alumni Award by Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.
  • During Warrior’s tenure as CTO, Motorola was awarded the 2004 National Medal of Technology by President George W. Bush.
  • In 2007 she was awarded an honorary doctorate by New York’s Polytechnic University. Recently Awarded ASSOCHAM Ladies League, Hyderabad Women of the Decade Achievers Award for Excellence in Technology Innovation.