Our featured guest for The Innovators 2019 is Robert Lloyd, former CEO of Virgin Hyperloop, one of the most innovative transportation start ups in the world and former SVP of Cisco, a global leader in IT and networking.
We’re excited to have Robert join us this year. As a graduate of the University of Manitoba, his career has spanned the upper echelons of the tech world. He is a bona fide Manitoba success story.
Table of 8: $1,650
Table of 10: $1,950
Table of 8: $1,850
Table of 10: $2,275
Rob Lloyd was named the CEO of Virgin Hyperloop One and member of the Board of Directors in September 2015. As CEO, Rob leveraged his experience with Internet infrastructure, technology ecosystems, and global partnerships to reimagine the transportation industry.
Under Rob’s leadership, Virgin Hyperloop One developed the world’s first hyperloop business model and Virgin Hyperloop One’s open innovation strategy, raised over $300 million in funding, expanded to four locations, and helped scale to 200+
employees by recruiting engineering and business leaders from the world’s top companies. The company has had numerous successful test runs at its full-scale, full system test track in the Nevada desert. Rob and his team engaged a dozen countries around the world, working with government officials to develop the world’s first commercial hyperloop agreements.
Prior to Virgin Hyperloop One, Rob spent over 20 years at Cisco Systems where he managed the majority of the company’s worldwide business. As President, he led engineering, sales, and the Internet of Everything and was responsible for 40,000 employees globally. Rob’s organizations managed the alignment and acceleration of Cisco’s technology innovation to enable a faster response to market transitions, increased customer relevance, and growth. Prior to becoming President, he held several leadership positions at the company including Executive Vice President of Worldwide Operations, Senior Vice President of the United States, Canada, and Japan, and also served as President of Cisco’s Europe, Middle East, and Africa region for more than four years.
Prior to joining Cisco Canada in 1994, Lloyd founded Calgary based ComputerCorp Systems Inc. which operated computer sales, service and training centers in most western Canadian cities, including Winnipeg. A graduate from the University of Manitoba with a BComm degree, Rob has four sons and currently resides in the heart of the Silicon Valley in California.