True Innovation Means Empowering Employees
As the Director of Innovation Programs and Strategy at Cisco’s Corporate Strategic Innovation Group, Alex Goryachev leads a team responsible for driving co-innovation through the company’s ecosystem of its Cisco Innovation Center Program, entrepreneur partner community, and company employees. In addition, Mr. Goryachev is responsible for driving Cisco’s global Innovation Grand Challenges and overseeing Cisco Technology Radar, which identifies emerging technology transitions to shape internal and external innovation strategies.
Prior to assuming his current position, Mr. Goryachev was Director of the Cisco Innovation Center Program, an initiative he launched in 2013 and that has grown it into nine development hubs in major cities worldwide. At these hubs, Cisco brings together customers, partners, startups, accelerators, governments, research communities and universities in a lab setting to discover, develop and implement game-changing, outcome-based solutions in vertical markets.
Since joining Cisco in 2004, Mr. Goryachev has also held key roles in defining and operationalizing several high-profile Cisco initiatives, such as development of the company’s Country Transformation plan, which included leading the Country Transformation plan for Cisco in Russia. He also held senior roles in development, marketing, finance and channels organizations at Cisco.
Prior to Cisco, Mr. Goryachev had a successful consulting career with extended assignments at Napster, Liquid Audio, IBM Global Services and Pfizer Pharmaceuticals.
Alex Goryachev holds a masters degree in international economics from the Moscow Institute of Social Sciences. His awards include the IDC Award for Best Practices in Marketing Dashboard Development.