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Alumnus Profile: Rick Butler of Cisco Systems


Mr. Butler’s (BSEE, 1980) area of expertise is in sales management, HR leadership and compensation. Mr. Butler began his career in sales management in March of 1995 as Sales Vice President with Lucent Technologies. Moving up the corporate ladder, Mr. Butler eventually became the Director of Global Sales Compensation at Lucent Technologies in January of 2003, with the intervening time spent serving in roles such as the Chief Operating Officer of Lucent Technologies of Brazil and the Director of HR for the Caribbean/Latin America Region of Lucent Technologies. Following his time with Lucent Technologies, Mr. Butler has worked as a Compensation Executive for companies such as Dell, Black & Veatch and EMC, among others. Mr. Butler currently serves as the Senior Director of the Sales Compensation Center of Excellence at Cisco Systems. In this position, Mr. Butler leads the design and implementation for all of Cisco’s global sales compensation programs.


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