John Brilliant


Domain Leader: Enterprise Networking

John Brilliant leads the strategy development and execution for all investments and acquisitions related to Cisco’s Enterprise Networking and Wireless portfolios. In this capacity, he brings nearly twenty years of strategy and transaction experience as an investor, operator, and investment banker.

John joined Cisco in 2017, from PwC Corporate Finance (broker-dealer subsidiary of PwC LLP) where he was part of the founding leadership that re-launched the investment banking franchise for that firm with joint responsibility for team leadership and client origination. Prior to PwC, John was part of the senior leadership for Barclays (via the acquisition of Lehman Brothers) Global Technology Investment Banking practice where he originated and executed more than 75 financing and M&A transactions accounting for approximately $100B in aggregate transaction value for leading technology clients. Earlier in his career, John was a consultant with Andersen Consulting where he focused on advising late-stage private companies on growth strategies.

John earned an MBA in Strategic Management & Finance from The University of Chicago GSB and a BScE in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Classical Civilization from The University of Michigan.



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