Rick Huijbregts

VP Innovation and Digital Transformation Lead


As Managing Director Industry Digitization and Solutions for the Americas and VP Industry Transformation and Innovation in Canada, Dr. Rick Huijbregts is responsible for the industry transformation strategy for the Commercial business segment at Cisco. Dr. Huijbregts manages a team of industry subject matter experts who drive business relevant outcomes for Cisco customers. In this role, Dr. Huijbregts is also responsible for industry solutions acceleration and subsequent salesforce and partner enablement. This is a key priority for the Americas region as Cisco is growing to be increasingly relevant to the business decision makers in its existing and new customer base. For Cisco’s Canada operations, Dr. Huijbregts also oversees the Internet of Everything business development, city digitization program (Smart + Connected Communities), and innovation platform including leadership of one of eight global IoE Innovation Centers and ten University relationships and Research Chairs. In previous roles, Dr. Huijbregts was responsible for business development of Cisco’s real estate sector in the United States, Canada, and Emerging Markets regions. He joined Cisco in 2005 as a member of Cisco’s corporate real estate team. Prior to joining Cisco, Dr. Huijbregts was executive director of the Center for Design Informatics at the Harvard Design School. He was also co-founder and CEO of Edificium Inc. and consulted for international clients AEW Capital, McGraw-Hill Construction, Aukett Architects, and Capital Planning Technologies. In 2012 he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. In addition to his responsibilities at Cisco, Dr. Huijbregts is the Executive-in-Residence at George Brown College in Toronto for the Centre for Construction and Engineering Technology, a faculty member of the Harvard Graduate School of Design Executive Education and serves on several boards of Canadian academic institutions and not-for-profit organizations. Dr. Huijbregts holds a bachelor’s degree in construction management from the Tilburg Polytechnical University in the Netherlands, a master’s degree in real estate development and project management from Delft University in the Netherlands, and a doctorate from Harvard University with a specialization in real estate technology and investment management.