Charlie Johnston, Cisco (US)

2021 HRD Global 100

senior vice president of talent and leadership

As senior vice president of talent and leadership at Cisco, Charlie Johnston heads up the company’s global Center of Excellence focused on talent, leadership, teams, and culture. His team of 150-plus professionals delivers solutions for leader and team development, inclusion and diversity, and employee relations. He took up the role in March last year after three years as senior vice president of global sales, marketing, and country HR. He has been with the company for nearly 14 years now, having joined the Cisco in 2007. Before that, he worked seven years at IBM, most recently as head of HR of IBM global services for EMEA North. The executive and leadership expert was HR business partner at Siemens for a year.