Todd W. Gurela

Managing Director-Manufacturing Industry Solutions, Cisco

Foundations for Smart manufacturing

Optimizing manufacturing operations include improved equipment availability, enhanced productivity, better quality, lower costs, and greater innovation. The key to any successful smart manufacturing program lies in the factory data. Without data, securely extracted from a myriad of sources, delivered to the right application, at the right time – little optimization can happen. The network is the digital factory core that needs to securely manage data to make smart manufacturing possible. These principles are key enablers for any smart manufacturing effort

  • Simplicity: Simple network management for a more resilient, reliable network.
  • Interoperability: Flatten your industrial network and data architecture to reduce complexity and cost.
  • Intelligence: Industrial data transformation via distributed edge intelligence for timely action and relevant insight.
  • Security: Industry needs solutions which provide the visibility and control to reduce risk, protect IP and ensure production integrity.              


Todd is Managing Director, Manufacturing, Industry Solutions Group, Cisco. Todd has 20+ years of global experience delivering technology solutions to Manufacturing, Industrial and Energy customers.  Todd is an executive level expert in Digital Transformation, the Internet of Things(IoT) with significant industry background helping customers manage the evolution/convergence between IT and Operational/Automation technologies across Industrial sectors. 

Within Cisco he is leading a diverse team of manufacturing subject matter experts and directing the strategic industrial market opportunity development for Cisco.  Before joining Cisco, Todd was Vice President, Sales and Business Development at Siemens Energy – North America.  Earlier in his career, he was a global executive at GE Energy

As a frequent industry speaker, Todd is a global thought leader on Digital Manufacturing and on how the Internet of Things is evolving Industrial technologies and business operations. Todd holds as Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering Degree from Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario Canada and currently lives near Atlanta, Georgia.