Former Cisco CTO Driving the Electric Car Future

When Chuck Robbins took over as CEO of Cisco earlier this year, he announced a number of executive shifts. Among the most noteworthy was the exit of well known and much respected CTO Padmasree Warrior.

Now, after months of speculation, Warrior’s new job is being revealed.

Chinese electric car startup NextEV has named Warrior CEO of its U.S operations and Chief Development Officer for the entire global operation. NextEV aims to take on Tesla in the nascent market for electric cars.

“Padmasree Warrior’s track record as a technology visionary is undisputed,” William Li, Founder and Chairman of NextEV, said in a statement. “Her passion for technology and the positive impact it can have on humanity aligns well with the core values of NextEV as we build the first user-enterprise.”

Li added that NextEV’s global team is comprised of the best minds from the automotive, software and user experience domains.

For her part, Warrior commented that she’s excited to be joining NextEV as a way to use technology to answer big challenges.

“Climate change and air quality are two of the most significant global challenges today,” Warrior said in a statement. “I believe that electric vehicles will play a major role in the overall solution. “

Helping to answer the challenge of climate change isn’t the only thing that Warrior is interested in achieving with NextEV. She also sees an opportunity to improve the user transportation experience.

“By integrating advanced technologies in the mobile Internet era, NextEV will make electric vehicles an enjoyable experience in people’s daily life,” Warrior said. “I am proud to be a part of this journey.”

Cisco CEO Robbins is among the many well wishers applauding Warriors move.

“Congratulations @padmasree! We are proud of you and wish you luck!” Robbins tweeted .

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at Enterprise Networking Planet and Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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