Padmasree Warrior is the U.S. CEO of NIO, formerly NextEV, and joined the board of Zen drive. Zendrive is a driving analytics company and has added Padmasree Warrior, an industry heavyweight to its board. Previously, she worked for Box, Microsoft, and Gap and was also a Cisco adviser. No wonder she is referred to as one of the most powerful women in the tech field. Under this capacity, she is in control of the brains of NIO’s autonomous, electric vehicles and the total user experience. She operates from San Jose, CA, headquarters of NIO U.S.
Chief technology officer from 2008 to 2012, at Cisco Systems, Warrior partnered to lead the engineering organization. Prior to Cisco, Warrior worked in various executive roles at her erstwhile job at Motorola, Inc., a telecommunications and mobile device company. Warrior joined Motorola in 1984 and worked there for 23 years. Formerly she was the general manager of Thoughtbeam, a subsidiary of Motorola, in Tempe, Arizona.
The President of the United States conferred the 2004 National Medal of Technology to Motorola, during the course of her tenure as CTO. During this period she advocated the theory of having seamless communication across all aspects of a person’s life or “Seamless Mobility”.
List of Boards Participated
Warrior serves on a long list of boards; Chicago’s Joffrey Ballet and Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago Mayor’s Technology Council, The Cornell University Engineering Council and the advisory council of Indian Institute of Technology. She earlier served on the Technology Advisory Council for the FCC and on the Advisory Committee for the Computing and Information Science, Engineering of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Texas Governor’s Council for Digital Economy, She is a mentor to the State Department’s International Women Leaders Mentoring Partnership. In October 2013 Padmasree Warrior was attached to the Gap Inc. board of directors. And in December 2015 she was one of the Microsoft’s board of directors.
As the head of a transportation company, Warrior is principally well-placed to advise Zendrive. Warrior says, “For Zendrive, in addition to working with a growing list of mobile partners, there is a need to work with cities and policymakers to make changes to improve road safety. For the future, autonomous cars are evolving to be the next important platform. Analytics related to this area will be incredibly important, and Zendrive is building the risk models and safety technology stack for this new paradigm of transportation.”
Origin and Qualifications
Yellepeddi Padmasree was born and raised in a Telugu Hindu family in the city of Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India. She did her schooling at Children’s Montessori School and graduated from Maris Stella College, Vijayawada. Later she graduated in chemical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi in 1982 and MS in the same stream from Cornell University.
Fortune Magazine called her as one of four rising stars on its Most Powerful Women list, Fortune Magazine placed her between the 10 “highest paid” and the “Young and Powerful” categories.
In 2005, Warrior was labelled her as the 11th Most Influential Global Indian by The Economic Times. Warrior was selected to get the “Women Elevating Science and Technology” award from Working Woman Magazine in 2001. Latterly in 2014, she was ranked as the 71st most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.
Family –Work Balance
Padmasree is married and has a son. She was supervising a factory at Motorola when he was born. The 24/7 job put enormous stress on her and her family. She struggled to find a balance between home and hearth and after much struggle, she said she learnt to integrate all four aspects of work, family, community and herself.
Padmasree is a huge PG Wodehouse fan and wished she could have had dinner with him. Having read all his books many times, Jeeves is her most-loved character. She is charmed by his intellectual wisdom and audacious sense of humour.