Management Team

Management Team

Paula Dowdy
Senior Vice President and General Manager, Commerical
Europe, Middle East and Africa

Paula Dowdy is the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Commercial Operations for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Since joining Illumina in August 2016, Dowdy has reorganized the business, identified new markets and returned the region to sustainable growth. In addition, Dowdy played a pivotal role as a senior leader with the launch of the NovaSeq.

Previously, Dowdy was Senior Vice President for Cloud, Software, and Managed Services at Cisco where she drove numerous innovative solutions. During her 20-year tenure at Cisco, she held numerous leadership roles, spearheading product, software and service groups for virtually all customer segments. Having spent the majority of her career in Europe, Dowdy currently resides in London.

Dowdy holds a Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine University, and an undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

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