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Diane Gongaware, Cisco Systems Biography

Diane Gongaware
Cisco Systems

Diane Gongaware joined Cisco in 2006 as Operations Director for US Federal Civilian Agencies. In this capacity, Diane leads a nationwide team that supports the Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Energy, United States Postal Service, Social Security Administration, NASA, General Services Administration and others.

Prior to joining Cisco, Diane’s career spans over twenty years in the communications sector, leading large sales and marketing teams within Fortune 500 companies as well as successful entrepreneurial ventures. Her experience spans all business market segments and a track record of success leading teams and companies ranging from 25 people in start-up environments to over 500 people and $1.6B revenue. She has been a principal and officer of several successful, venture-backed start-up companies, including Senior VP of Sales & Marketing for DSL.net, a nationwide provider of broadband and VoIP services where she lead the company’s successful launch of Duet Voice & Data services. She was previously Senior Vice President of Sales and Northeast Region President of 2nd Century Communications, where she built a multi-million dollar nationwide revenue base and 200+ partner sales channel within 18 months of start-up; Vice President of corporate marketing and strategy at nationwide broadband provider Velocita Corporation; and Vice President of the Enterprise, State & Local government and ISP sector at Verizon Corporation/Bell Atlantic. In addition, earlier in her career she held various senior sales and marketing positions at Sprint, MCI and Penn Access Corporation (now ATT/Pittsburgh).

Diane is a graduate of West Liberty State College with a B. S. in business finance and earned her MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. At Cisco, she was a co-founder of "FAWN”, the Federal Areas Women’s Network to promote networking and leadership development. She is active in the Industry Advisory Council (IAC) and the Association for Federal Information Resource Managers (AFFIRM). She is also a mentor in the ACT/IAC Partners and Voyagers Program.

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