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Cisco CEO-elect Robbins reveals leadership team

Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins has unveiled his leadership team, with more high-profile figures set to leave the business and a number of promotions

Cisco’s incoming CEO Chuck Robbins has announced his executive leadership team, confirming that chief technology officer Padmasree Warrior is to exit the business, and revealing a number of new faces in the boardroom.

Setting the scene for the transition, after 20 years, away from the stewardship of John Chambers, Robbins wrote that the increasing pace and complexity of the networking industry made it critical that Cisco’s leadership team understood customers, was able to deliver results, brought diverse perspectives and experiences, and built world-class teams.

“We have been developing and attracting our next generation of leaders for many years, and I’m confident that this team is ready to lead Cisco’s next chapter.

“They know how Cisco works, what makes Cisco great and how we can accelerate our current momentum. Some have been with the company for as long as I have or longer, a third have joined Cisco in the past three years, and others are new to Cisco,” wrote Robbins.

Remaining in their current posts will be executive vice-president (EVP) and chief development officer Pankaj Patel, who is in charge of a 25,000 strong team of engineers; EVP and CFO Kelly Kramer, who came to Cisco in 2012 from General Electric and was promoted in January 2015; senior vice-president (SVP) and chief people officer Francine Katsoudas; SVP and chief marketing officer Karen Walker; and company lawyer Mark Chandler, SVP and general counsel.

Meanwhile, CIO Rebecca Jacoby is to become SVP of operations; European president Chris Dedicoat steps up to the role of SVP of worldwide sales, taking over some responsibility held by the departing Rob Lloyd; SVP and general manager of mobility and service provider video Joe Cozzolino becomes SVP of services; and head of corporate business development Hilton Romanski becomes SVP and chief technology and strategy officer.

Finally, joining the supplier from the Boston Consulting Group is Ruba Borno, who will take up the role of vice-president of growth initiatives and chief of staff.

Robbins added that he was looking externally to fill a number of other roles in an attempt to lead key growth initiatives in new markets.

The boardroom shake-up that has already seen long-serving Rob Lloyd and Gary Moore make their exit will also see the departure of chief globalisation officer Wim Elfrink, who is retiring; services SVP Edzard Overbeek, who has decided to up sticks after a 15-year stint at Cisco; and as previously reported, chief strategy and technology officer Padmasree Warrior.

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