The Future’s Looking Bright(er) For Cisco
Jun08

The Future’s Looking Bright(er) For Cisco

SAN DIEGO: It’s been a wild run-up to Cisco Live, June 7-11, with executive shakeups, acquisitions, product announcements and a communications forecast predicting that the future should be very bright over the next few years for networking’s powerhouse. Of course its competitors, alternative technologies, customers and a wonky economy will have their say in just how this will all play out, but as the old saying goes, so far, so good. Named as John Chambers replacement on May 4 (to be effective July 26), incoming CEO Chuck Robbins is wasting no time putting his stamp on the organization with sweeping management changes. Last week he named the 10 members of his leadership team (with more to come): Pankaj Patel, EVP, Chief Development Officer; Kelly Kramer, EVP and Chief Financial Officer; Rebecca Jacoby, SVP, Operations; Francine Katsoudas, SVP, Chief People Officer; Hilton Romanski, SVP Chief Technology and Strategy Officer; Karen Walker, SVP, Chief Marketing Officer; Chris Dedicoat, SVP, Worldwide Sales; Joe Cozzolino, SVP, Services; Mark Chandler, SVP and General Counsel; and Dr. Ruba Borno, VP, Growth Initiatives and Chief of Staff. “Our strategy is working, and with the leadership team I’m announcing today, I’m extremely confident we will move even faster, innovate like never before, and pull away from the competition,” said Robbins, in a prepared statement.  “This is a remarkable team, with a diverse set of experiences, expertise and backgrounds to accelerate our innovation and execution, simplify how we do business, drive operational rigor in all we do, and inspire our amazing employees to be the best that they can be.” His former bosses, co-presidents Rob Lloyd and Gary Moore will leave the company late next month. Padmasree Warrior, Chief Technology and Strategy Officer, and Edzard Overbeek, SVP of Services, will move into strategic advisor roles, effective immediately and stay through the transition, although Warrior is rumored to be on her way out too. Wim Elfrink, EVP for Industry Solutions and Chief Globalisation Officer, will retire effective July 25. Cisco was also quick to act in making sure departing executives did not come back to haunt them by joining their competitors. Moore and Lloyd reportedly signed separation agreements and general releases from Cisco effective July 25, which included a one-year noncompete agreement, saying they will not work for a total of 29 competitors or risk losing benefits. The list includes: AWS, Arista Networks, Dell, Ericsson, HP, Juniper Networks, Microsoft, Nokia, VMware, Check Point Software Technologies, FireEye, Fortinet, Symantec and Palo Alto Networks. A day prior to the executive shuffle, Cisco announced it intends to acquire Piston Cloud Computing, which will ‘help accelerate the product, delivery, and operational capabilities of Cisco Intercloud Services, according to...

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Like most other vendors, EMC uses its annual analyst summit (held last week in Boston) to provide IT industry analysts an overview of the company’s business, its performance during the previous calendar year and its view of the road ahead. But the company also does some things quite differently than its peers, particularly as regards the participation of senior executives. For example: To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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