|University of Colorado, BA|
|University of Virginia, MBA|
Ned Hooper is an SVP at Cisco Systems, where he runs their acquisitions and new investments. Hooper is responsible for Cisco’s global growth strategy through business development activities including acquisitions, equity investment, and the incubation of innovative technologies. As the leader of the Consumer Group, Hooper’s charter is to manage Cisco’s consumer organization and strategy, initially focused on delivering the network as the platform in the home.
The $500 million Linksys acquisition in 2003 brought criticism from Wall Street but helped Cisco gain ground in the home.
Hooper joined Cisco through the acquisition of Lightspeed International, where he was Development responsible for implementing a global distribution strategy. He began as a product manager at MCI and Concert, a joint venture between MCI and British Telecom.
Hooper holds a bachelorâ€™s degree from the University of Colorado and a masterâ€™s degree in administration from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.