Carlos Pignataro is Fast Company’s Innovative Leader of the Year


For the first time, Fast Firm’s Greatest Workplaces for Innovators is honoring people who exemplify artistic collaboration inside their organizations.  Firms have been invited to appoint excellent staff at any degree, and our inaugural Innovative Leader of the Year class contains one winner and 4 finalists.


Carlos Pignataro
Chief Technical Officer, Buyer Expertise, Cisco San Jose

One of the high three inventors at Cisco, Carlos Pignataro holds greater than 175 patents and is liable for greater than 50 Web Requests for Remark. He volunteers his time and experience to quite a few Triangle Park nonprofits and is an energetic mentor. “A key half of my technique is to raise others versus flying alone,” he says.



Laura Kohler
Senior Vice President – Human Assets, Stewardship & Sustainability, Kohler, Kohler, WI

Bernhard Kowatsch
Head of Innovation Accelerator, World Meals Programme, Munich

Raj Patel
World Leader of Acoustics, Audiovisual, and Theater Consulting, Arup, New York

Marie Wright
Chief World Flavorist, Archer Daniels Midland, Chicago