Rebecca Jacoby, 2009 Honoree

Senior vice president, CIO
Cisco Systems Inc.
San Jose
Favorite gadget:
"My iPod."
Favorite ice cream flavor:
Mocha almond fudge
Most valuable career advice:
"You can learn something from everyone."
What do you love about IT?
"In general, IT professionals are smart and genuine ... and we have a real opportunity to drive value."
Best mentoring relationship:
"Everything I know about leadership has been weighed against the example set by my mother, who successfully led nine children."
Leadership philosophy in a nutshell:
"Hire great people who are capable of collaborating, learning and driving for results; then establish the clear expectation that they do so. Articulate a clear vision, strategic framework and measures of success for your organization. Communicate them in
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