Cisco's Incoming CEO Reveals Leadership Team

CTO Padmasree Warrior Moves to Strategic Advisor Role
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Chuck Robbins, who will succeed John Chambers as Cisco Systems’ new CEO on July 26, unveiled his executive leadership team on Thursday soon after announcing the coming departure of two company presidents.

The ten members of Robbins' new executive leadership team are:

-Pankaj Patel, Executive Vice President, Chief Development Officer;

-Kelly Kramer, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer;

-Rebecca Jacoby, Senior Vice President, Operations (Additionally, Guillermo Diaz, Cisco senior vice president of IT, has been promoted to CIO, reporting to Jacoby);

-Francine Katsoudas, Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer;

-Hilton Romanski, Senior Vice President, Chief Technology and Strategy Officer;

-Karen Walker, Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer;

-Chris Dedicoat, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales;

-Joe Cozzolino, Senior Vice President, Services (he joined Cisco from Motorola in 2013);

-Mark Chandler, Senior Vice President and General Counsel; and,

-Dr. Ruba Borno, Vice President, Growth Initiatives and Chief of Staff.

Amid those changes, Padmasree Warrior, Cisco chief technology and strategy Officer, and Edzard Overbeek, SVP of services, “will move into strategic advisor roles, effective immediately and stay through the transition.”

Warrior hinted to her 1.61 million Twitter followers that she’s got something post-Cisco already lined up. “After 7+ amazing years at @cisco I am excited to start a new chapter! Stay tuned for details :),” she wrote in this tweet.

Wim Elfrink, Cisco EVP for industry solutions and chief globalisation officer, will retire from Cisco effective July 25, the company said.

“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,” Robbins said in a 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.”