Patricia Florissi Vice President, Global CTO Distinguished Engineer EMC Corporation
Patricia Florissi holds the title of Vice President and Global Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for EMC Sales. As Global CTO, Patricia’s responsibilities include defining mid and long term initiatives that strengthen and expand EMC’s technical and strategic positioning in the market. Patricia also acts as the liaison between EMC and our customers and partners, to place EMC technologies in the context of their businesses, fostering stronger alliances and delivering higher value solutions to EMC clientele. Patricia holds the honorary title of EMC Distinguished Engineer, having been nominated in October 2007.
Patricia joined EMC in February 2005 via the System Management Arts (SMARTS) acquisition as a Distinguished Technologist in the Ionix business unit, and became the CTO for Ionix in November 2005. As CTO, Patricia was responsible for defining, and communicating the medium- to long-term vision EMC would embrace for delivering solutions to automate the management of Information Infrastructure resources. Patricia was appointed Strategic Initiative Leader for Governance, risk and Compliance (GRC) in August 2008, where she was responsible for leading the research, design, execution, and communication of EMC’s GRC vision and strategy. Patricia was appointed Americas CTO in January 2010, Americas and EMEA CTO in April 2011, and Global CTO in July 2012.
Before joining EMC, Patricia was the Vice President of Advanced Solutions at Smarts in White Plains, New York. In that capacity, Patricia was responsible for researching emerging technologies and for defining the strategy that Smarts would take in bringing solutions to market to address the challenges introduced by these technological advances. Patricia led the research, design, and first release of over half a dozen products. These have been driving millions of dollars in revenue and still remain in the market today.
Patricia is an EMC Distinguished Engineer, holds a Ph. D. in Computer Science from Columbia University in New York, graduated valedictorian with an MBA at the Stern Business School in New York University, and has a Master's and a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, in Brazil. Patricia holds multiple patents, and has published extensively in periodicals including Computer Networks and IEEE Proceedings.