Patricia Florissi has been vice president and chief technology officer for EMC's Americas sales organization since 2010. She also holds the honorary title of EMC distinguished engineer. As Americas CTO, Florissi helps define the company's mid- and long-term technology strategy and serves as liaison between EMC and its customers and partners. Before joining EMC, she was vice president of advanced solutions at Smarts, where she led the research, design, and first release of several products that continue to drive millions of dollars in revenue. After EMC acquired Smarts in 2005, she was quickly promoted to CTO of the entire Ionix business unit, delivering solutions for moving IT infrastructure management from physical to virtual platforms. She was also appointed strategic initiative leader for governance, risk and compliance in 2008. Florissi holds multiple patents and has written extensively for such publications as Computer Networks and IEEE Proceedings.