Padmasree Warrior, chief technology officer at Cisco, is reportedly one of the top two candidates for the first US CTO, a post expected to be named any day now.
The 46-year-old candidate was formerly CTO at Motorola, where she worked for 23 years, and has worked for Cisco for the past 13 months.
She skirted her prospects as federal CTO when asked about them by BusinessWeek. "Smart networking technologies and IT play a critical role in transforming government, energy, education and healthcare," she said.
When she joined Cisco, Warrior laid out her philosophy about technology. "I enjoy envisioning and creating the future," she wrote in her blog, "and leveraging technology leadership for business growth. Expertise, experience, energy -- these exemplify my platform for achievement."
A few months later in an interview posted on Cisco's website, she talked about what she admires in leaders. "So, if you were to ask me for some of the traits that I admire in people, it's people that have a vision. People that have a passion. Business leaders that have a passion. Business leaders that are risk-takers. Business leaders that are inclusive. I don't like businesspeople that have big egos, where it's the whole organisation is tuned to feeding a leader's ego. I dislike that.
"What else do I like? I like people that are humble, in the sense that there, there's a hunger to learn constantly in the leader. Those are some of the traits that I admire. I think a leader is fundamentally a human being. So I think, you know, there are, these are all human traits, right? I think so, as human beings, how we lead is very close to how we live."
At the World Economic Forum last year in China, she said that in a global economy, science and technology calls for collaboration across disciplines. She says there needs to be understanding about how different countries view intellectual property, and a global policy for protecting intellectual property. Education is an important element to growing the world economy, she says.