Patrick S. Finn
Patrick S. Finn is a Senior Executive, Consultant, Advisor and Investor. Formerly, he lead Cisco’s sales, growth strategy and integrated business plans for U.S. Governments (state, local and federal), educational institutions at all levels and public healthcare. His team worked to transform how the public sector protects, serves and educates by leveraging the network and technology to connect, innovate and lead. Finn’s Public Sector team focused on innovations in areas including data centers, video collaboration, cloud computing, cybersecurity, and secure mobility to create solutions that range from connected classrooms, to connected justice and connected government. Their efforts enabled Cisco to lead in the transformation to a more advanced and effective public sector in the areas of pervasive video, cloud computing and cybersecurity.
Finn’s integrated team of 2,500-3,000 employees worked closely with multiple Cisco groups to manage the development and deployment of technology solutions that enhance national defense, secure information, streamline citizen services, enrich education systems and maximize efficiency for healthcare providers. With more than 30 years of technology and business experience, Finn is a strong advocate for the public sector applying information technology products and service solutions to increase collaboration, innovation, and productivity. The U.S. Public Sector is an important part of Cisco’s business generating approximately $5 billion in annual revenue, and more importantly, because it leads the focus around veterans, STEM education and cybersecurity. Finn has personally represented Cisco at events on Capitol Hill and the White House on STEM, eRate, inclusion and diversity, veterans, international affairs and cybersecurity.
Joining Cisco in 1996, Finn has led various organizations including the U.S. Federal Organization, U.S. and Canada Vertical Markets (which included state and local government, education, healthcare, sports and entertainment, retail and real estate), and New York Metro Area. Immediately following the tragic events of September 11, 2001, Finn was part of a team of Cisco and partner organizations who tirelessly supported New York City customers, including government, first responders, and financial service institutions. In 2013, he was honored with the Diversity Leadership Star Peer Award by Diversity Women which highlights leaders nationally whom support and build diverse work cultures.
Prior to joining Cisco, Finn was responsible for Pepsi Cola International’s worldwide infrastructure, consulting, and network applications. He also held various sales leadership positions at IPC Information Systems and IBM Corporation.
Finn serves on the Cisco Foundation Board, which provides guidance on Cisco’s philanthropic investments. He is a board member of the USO and the Northern Virginia Technology Council. He is also a member of ACT-IAC and AFCEA; and is actively engaged with veterans’ organizations to assist returning veterans in securing employment. Pat advises customers and partners on various sales, leadership and technology trends in different types of events such as sales meetings, leadership offsite, and strategic planning activities. He is a past member of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering and various emerging technology companies Board of Advisors. He has also been recognized as a Distinguished Visitor for the National Defense University.
Finn often represents Cisco in various forums to speak about leadership and technology enablement in business and government. In 2013, FCW magazine honored him with a “Federal 100” award in recognition of his work in promoting technology in the federal government.
Follow Patrick Finn on Twitter at @psfinn.