Ed-Paradise-web-small-2013Cisco Systems, Inc.
RTA 2015 Chair

Ed Paradise is Vice President of Engineering for Cisco’s Threat Response, Intelligence and Development Group.  He is also Executive Sponsor for Cisco’s North American Connected Sites and the Site Executive for Cisco’s Research Triangle Park Site.

As Vice President of Engineering for the Threat Response, Intelligence and Development (TRIAD) Group, Mr. Paradise leads the engineering and product marketing teams that focus on enhancing existing Cisco products and developing new technologies when necessary to meet the unique requirements of governments.  This includes work with industry partners; international agencies; national, state and local governments; developing capabilities, products, technology solutions and best practices in defense, transportation, public safety, intelligence, critical infrastructure protection, and communication security.

As the  Research Triangle Park Site Executive, Mr. Paradise is the lead Executive for engagements related to Cisco’s presence in the region. He works to ensure Cisco is the local employer of choice and a key corporate partner in quality of life issues in the local community.

Mr. Paradise joined Cisco in April 1993 as an Engineering Manager for CIP technology. He has held various leadership positions in Cisco’s engineering organization including Vice President/General Manager of the Mobile Wireless Group and Vice President/General Manager of the IP Communication Business Unit.  In July 2008, he was appointed Vice President for Quality and Site Executive for Cisco’s North American Connected Sites.  In September, 2009 he also assumed the position of VP of Development for GGSG.  In July 2011, he took on the role of RTP Site Executive, a position he held previously from 2002 to 2009.  Prior to joining Cisco, Mr. Paradise worked at IBM as a senior manager at the Thomas Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, New York.

Mr. Paradise is a Trustee, appointed by NC Governor Beverly Perdue, of the Wake Technical Community College.

Mr. Paradise serves on the Boards of Directors of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, FIRST Robotics North Carolina, and the Advisory Board of Habitat for Humanity of Orange County, Triangle Family Services and Duke University Masters of Engineering Management Industrial Advisory Board.

Mr. Paradise holds a Master’s of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Syracuse University and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Hartford.