George Rittenhouse

SVP Cloud & Virtualization

Gee Rittenhouse is Senior Vice President and General Manager of Cisco’s Cloud and Virtualization Group (CVG), a market-driven organization leading industry transformation in cloud infrastructure software and services.  

Before joining Cisco, Gee helped launch Alcatel-Lucent's Software, Services, and Solutions business and led that business to profitability as Chief Operating Officer. Prior to that, he led Bell Labs through the most extensive transformation in its recent history with the merger of Bell Labs and Alcatel's Research group. He retired as President of Bell Labs.  Pioneering an open innovation model, Rittenhouse also helped create the world's most ambitious research collaboration effort on green networks called GreenTouch, a consortium with approximately 60 leading industrial and academic research groups from around the world.
Rittenhouse is a highly respected IT industry leader with over 20 years of leadership experience in the telecommunications industry. He has appeared before the U.S. Congress, U.S. FCC, European Presidential Commission, and World Economic Forum, and has given a TED talk. He has been elected two times to the Global Telecoms Business Power 100, has published numerous articles, and holds over a dozen patents. 
He is currently a member of the Advisory Board for the University of California, Santa Barbara CE Department and has served as Chairman of the Board of Greentouch, and as an ALU Foundation Board member with the goal of educating disadvantaged women worldwide.

Rittenhouse has a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is a Senior Member of IEEE, and a past winner of the IEEE Communication Quality and Reliability (CQR) Chairman’s Award.