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Phil Smith

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Phil Smith

Executive Chairman

CBE, BSc, Hon LLD, DUniv., CEng, FIET

Phil Smith, CBE, BSc, Hon LLD, DUniv. FIET, joined the IQE Board in 2016 and took over as Chairman in April 2019 and Executive Chairman and Chair of the Nominations Committee in September 2021. Previously he has been appointed Chairman of Cisco for the UK in 2016, after eight years as Chief Executive. Mr Smith is also the Chairman of Innovate UK and Chairman of the Tech Partnership. Additionally, he sits on the Board of the National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB). Mr Smith has a thirty-five year track record in the technology industry in leading companies including Philips Electronics and IBM. As Chief Executive and now Chairman of Cisco, he leads around 5,500 people in the UK and Ireland. He created Cisco’s British Innovation Gateway (BIG) programme, as a legacy of London 2012 to spark nationwide ingenuity, ambition and growth through technology entrepreneurship. In September 2014 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Birmingham City University, cited for his outstanding contribution to the IT industry, a “leader among leaders”. In March 2015, Mr Smith was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws by the University of Warwick and in 2016 an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science by his alma mater, Glasgow University. Mr Smith was honoured in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours List with the award of Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to Technology, Business and Skills.

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