Ned Hooper is a Founding Partner of Centerview Capital Technology and currently serves as its Managing Partner. He invests in companies that can drive productivity and competitiveness for their Enterprise and Service Provider customers.
Ned brings over 20 years of operational and investment experience, leading growth technology businesses from the C-Suite and managing venture and growth capital investments. He has successfully driven business expansion across a broad range of technology sectors including networking, collaboration, enterprise software, and service provider platforms..
Prior to Centerview, Ned was Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at Cisco. He drove the development of Cisco’s business vision and strategy to identify market transitions across customer segments and developed integrated strategies that leveraged all Cisco assets. He was a member of the Operating Committee and partnered closely with the Chief Operating Officer to tie strategy to operational excellence and to institutionalize a strategy discipline throughout the company. As part of this role, he was responsible for business development activities including acquisitions, equity investments, and the incubation of innovative technologies. Ned led over seventy-five acquisitions that played a key role in driving Cisco’s growth strategy. Under his leadership, Cisco broadly expanded its global private investment strategy with a portfolio of investments spanning early stage technology innovation to mature go-to-market partners, resulting in strong strategic and financial returns.
Prior to joining Cisco, Ned was responsible for building and implementing a global distribution strategy for Lightspeed International, a start-up acquired by Cisco. He began his career in technology with MCI in Product Management.
Ned currently serves on the Board of Directors for zSpace, a start-up driving innovation in immersive, holographic platforms; the Board of Advisors for Think Big, a leader in big data services; and as a Trustee for the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia.