Carol Villazon

Senior Manager, Investor Relations Cisco Systems, Inc.

Photograph of Carol Villazon  Carol Villazon is an Investor Relations Officer at Cisco Systems, Inc., a mega-cap company with close to $50B in revenue in FY17.  Carol is part of the global investor relations team which is responsible for building Cisco’s IR strategy and relationships with the financial community.  Carol is a strategic advisor to the executive leadership team that includes the CEO and CFO, as well as the company’s business development organization.
 
Since joining the company in 2000, Carol has been part of several functions within Cisco including Sales Finance and later expanding her responsibilities to support Global Operations Finance.  In those role, she utilized her acumen in finance, communication and organizational skills to begin her career in Investor Relations in 2007. 
 
Under Carol’s leadership, she led the business operations for investor relations team and expanded her role to manage buy-side and sell-side relationships.  Carol has continued to excel in cross functional strategic projects across Legal, Finance, Corporate Communications and several other functions across Cisco.  In 2014, Carol leveraged synergies in communications functions across the company by effectively launching the first IR social media program for the investment community at Cisco.  In 2016, she began to co-lead the Corporate Governance award winning program where her responsibilities help drive pro-active engagement with the investment community.
 
In 2018 Barron’s named Cisco as the #1 Most Sustainable Company in the US.  In 2017, Institutional Investor Magazine recognized Cisco as the Best IR Program and Analyst Day by the Buy-Side and Sell-Side community plus the Best CFO by the Sell-Side. In 2016, IR Magazine recognized the team for the Best Corporate Governance Program.
 
Carol sits on Cisco’s Finance Talent Council and the Inclusion and Collaboration team and is a member of Conexion, Cisco’s Latino Employee Resource Organization.
 
Carol received a B.S. from San Jose State University and holds an M.B.A. from University of Phoenix Business School.