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Laura Ipsen


Vice President, Government Affairs, Cisco Systems, Inc.

Laura K. Ipsen is Vice President of Global Policy and Government Affairs for Cisco Systems, the global leader for networking for the Internet. Since 1996, she has been responsible for developing Cisco’s public policy agenda and managing government affairs activities worldwide. She is also the co-chair of Cisco’s Eco-Board focusing on Cisco’s initiatives and leadership on environmental issues.
Ipsen is the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Information Technology Industry Council (ITIC), and is on the board of the European American Business Council, the Public Affairs Council and serves on the Technology Board for Pacific Research Institute. Ipsen served on the U.S. Department of Commerce’s transition advisory committee for U.S. President George W. Bush in 2000. She is the past President and Chair of the Board of the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT).
Prior to Cisco, Ipsen worked in government affairs and international trade for Hitachi Data Systems and Acer Corp. She began her career in government affairs and international trade with PriceWaterhouseCooper’s.
Ipsen received her B.A. in International Relations from the University of Virginia. She studied Arabic at Yarmouk University in Jordan, and did graduate work in business at Stanford University. Ipsen is married and has two sons and a daughter. She resides in Los Gatos, California.