Sutardja Center Industry Fellow



Charles Giancarlo is an Internet Pioneer, Entrepreneur, Investor, and former senior executive of a Fortune 50 high tech company. He is best known as Executive Vice President, Chief Technology and Development Officer for Cisco Systems where he worked from 1993 through 2007, leading the company’s overall product development and product management activities. Mr. Giancarlo has over 30 years of experience in the semiconductor, communications and networking industries. Mr. Giancarlo’s first startup, Adaptive, created the first high speed backbone for the nascent Internet in 1991. As part of Kalpana in 1993 his team created the first Ethernet Switch, the backbone of the Internet and Worldwide Web today. In 1999 at Cisco, his team created the first WiFi product ever sold as well as the first IP Telephone. From 2008 until 2013 he was a Managing Director of Silver Lake and served as their Leader of Value Creation.