Women in Technology Hall of Fame

Padmasree Warrior

Padmasree Warrior

Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Motorola, Inc.

Inducted in 2007

Deemed, "Sharp as a RAZR" by the "Chicago Sun-Times" and a "Rising Star" by "Fortune," Padmasree Warrior is a member of the board and CEO at NIO and former executive vice president and CTO of Motorola. She is responsible for Motorola’s $3.7 billion research and development investment.

An engineer at heart with a true knack for business, Padmasree’s mission is to drive innovation, prioritize technology programs, and accelerate creative research to commercialization. Padmasree’s operational responsibility is to lead Motorola’s global team of 26,000 engineers and directed Motorola labs and software, emerging early-stage businesses and intellectual property portfolio.

Padmasree is recognized internationally as the thought leader who shaped the industry vision of "seamless mobility" for next-generation communications. Many credit her with crafting much of Motorola’s strategy around seamless mobility to deliver easy, uninterrupted access to everything people want in a flat and mobile world.

Padmasree’s energetic, approachable, and pragmatic leadership style brings together ideas from diverse groups of sociologists, technologists, marketers, and lawyers. With her professional prowess and gift for uniting talented people to get any job done, she has managed to harness technical, business, and entrepreneurial IQ to nurture disruptive and breakthrough innovation.

With her help, Motorola accelerated innovation into the market by reducing the time from labs to market by half. The company realized a ten-fold increase in the flow of ideas from research into products and growing the patent portfolio.

Under Padmasree’s leadership, former President Bush awarded Motorola the 2004 National Medal of Technology and Innovation. Motorola received this highest recognition of American innovation for the first time in the company’s 77-year history in February 2006.

Padmasree worked as an external director and board member on the Board of Corning Corporation (NYSE:GLW) and a CTO and strategic advisor at Cisco Systems.

Padmasree is passionate about industry initiatives, and is a committed community leader, contributing her time to serve on the boards of Chicago’s Joffrey Ballet and Museum of Science and Industry; the Singapore Agency for Science, Technology and Research (ASTAR); the Chicago Mayor’s Technology Council; Cornell University’s Engineering Council; and the advisory council of the Indian Institute of Technology.

She served on the Texas Governor’s Council for Digital Economy; the White House Fellowships’ Selection Board; the Technology Advisory Council for the Federal Communications Commission; and on the Advisory Committee for the Computing and Information Science and Engineering of the National Science Foundation. She also served as a Member of the Board at Gap, Inc., and Microsoft. She contributes her talents and advice as a mentor in the International Women Leaders Mentoring Partnership.

She is a strong and vocal advocate for women and minorities in math, science, and engineering. In 2001, she was one of six women nationwide selected to receive the "Women Elevating Science and Technology" award from "Working Woman."

In the past two years, she was recognized as a role model by the Girl Scouts Illinois Crossroads Council and Notre Dame Girls High School and a Science Spectrum Trailblazer by the South Asian Women Leadership Forum.

"The Economic Times" recently ranked Padmasree as the 11 Most Influential Global Indian, and she was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi. She has received the United States Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Excellence Award.

Her achievements were further recognized by the American Immigration Law Foundation in 2003, and she ranked the 71st most powerful woman in the world by "Forbes."

Padmasree received a master of science degree in chemical engineering from Cornell University and a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi, India.

In 2007, she received an honorary doctorate from New York’s Polytechnic University.