Bill Petro is seeking his next opportunity. As a widely recognized technology leader, he has developed marketing, product management and sales enablement experience at industry-leading companies including Cisco, EMC, and Sun, along with four high-tech startups. He has leveraged competency in cloud computing, automation, data center, information storage, and social technologies to help companies achieve their strategic goals and achieve breakaway success.


CiscoRecently Bill served at Cisco Systems as Senior Manager, Sales Enablement Lead for Data Center Architecture. This portfolio includes Compute, Networking, Hybrid Cloud, Solutions & Applications, with attention on emerging markets in Big Data/Analytics and Security. As part of Cisco’s Worldwide Sales & Partner Training organization, he developed the plan to drive seller readiness while collaborating with key stakeholders, to ensure sellers had the skills and knowledge necessary to support the Worldwide Architecture initiatives and Product Launches. In addition to the overall enablement strategy, he defined function-based Learning Maps to support comprehensive enablement in support of Cisco’s Data Center businesses. Bill oversaw the content development and delivery strategy and ensured consistent messaging was integrated into all Sales communities and enablement programs.

Before this, he was Senior Manager, Cloud Sales Enablement and Business Development where he drove Sales and Partner enablement for the Cloud Management software portfolio, including the Self-service Catalog Portal and Orchestration engine, at Cisco’s Cloud and Virtualization Group. He owned cloud enablement from strategy to execution, developing the program, compiling the content and delivering in-person and webinar classes. Previously while in Product Management, he directed the Go-To-Market Program for the cloud portfolio. Before this role he was Business Development Manager at Cisco’s Advanced Services for Data Center practice, specializing in Cloud Computing. At that time he focused on long-term strategic opportunities and early adopter solutions, exploring business involving cloud architecture and virtualization service solutions.


EMCAt EMC Corporation he served as Field Marketing Executive and then as Senior Manager, Sales & Partner Development. He promoted solutions by building a unique value proposition and delivering it around the world. He trained sales reps and partner reps in how to identify and manage opportunities to improve forecasting and speed time to revenue. He enabled channel executives to strategize and prioritize initiatives with resellers to optimize mutual sales goals. As an in-demand speaker to executive-level customers, he helped craft custom solutions for their business challenges.


Before EMC, he held executive Marketing, Business Development and Sales positions at two software startup companies: DMW Worldwide specializing in security software and telecommunication company billing, and, pioneers of SaaS email.


SunWhile at Sun Microsystems, Bill held senior marketing positions in Product Management, Marketing, and International Market Development during which he helped rebrand the Solaris operating environment as he managed the systems and storage management product portfolios. He repositioned Sun’s Enterprise Management Software portfolio through a worldwide launch tour. He also internationally launched JavaTM technology as well as desktop, server, and supercomputer product lines, advising Press and Analysts.


Bill has been a featured speaker at numerous industry, government, university and technology events internationally, including: address at the JavaOne Conference, EMEA Java Day seminars, Singapore CIO Forums and Telcom Conferences, Latin America Telco Summits, government, military and education leaders in Beijing and Kuala Lumpur, Colorado Springs Celebrate Technology, Victoria BC Strategies for Public Sector Transformation, Asia Enterprise Computing Seminars and Network Business Seminars, Namibia Networkers Conference, Milan i2u UniForum, Universities in Colombia, Malaysia, and Taiwan, and Venture Capital briefings.

UCCSBill has served on the Board of Advisors for the College of Business and Administration at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs as well as the Board of the Colorado Institute of Technology Transfer and Implementation (CITTI).

BerkeleyHe earned his Bachelor’s Degree at the University of California, Berkeley and has done graduate work there and at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

He blogs on Technology TrendsInformation ExplosionWorld TravelPopular Culture, and History.

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