Padmasree Warrior was born and raised in India. She attended a Montesorri school as a child, and then went on to receive a B.S in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in 1982. She also received a master’s degree in chemical engineering from Cornell University. Padmasree began working for Motorola in 1984 and stayed with the company for 23 years, holding positions including Corporate Vice President and General Manager of Motorola’s Energy Systems Group, and Corporate Vice President and Chief Technology Officer in its Semiconductor Products Sector. She was named Motorola’s CTO (chief technology officer) in 2003 and became the executive vice president in 2005. During her time as CTO, Motorola was awarded the 2004 National Medal of Technology by the President of the United States, the first time the company had received this honor. In 2007, Padmasree left Motorola and became the CTO to Cisco Systems.