Cisco’s Robbins Names New Execs to Shape Company’s Future

**Editor’s Note: Click here to see which channel people were on the move in April and May.**

By Edward Gately

Incoming Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins has named the company’s new executive leadership team in the aftermath of the announced departures of top executives, including President and COO Gary Moore.

Cisco's Chuck RobbinsThe 10-member team includes executives already with Cisco and “world-class talent” from outside Cisco, Robbins said. Moore and Rob Lloyd, president of development and sales, are leaving the company on July 25.

In addition, Padmasree Warrior, chief technology and strategy officer, and Edzard Overbeek, senior vice president of services, will move into strategic advisor roles, effective immediately, and stay through the transition.

Also, Wim Elfrink, executive vice president for industry solutions and chief globalization officer, will retire from Cisco on July 25. He opened Cisco’s second global headquarters in Bangalore, India.

Robbins said this is all part of his effort to shift to a “flatter leadership team” in the coming months. The new leadership team is smaller, and includes a mix of executives remaining in their existing roles, new people within Cisco taking existing roles and one person new to Cisco taking a new role.

“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. “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.”

With the exception of those scheduled for July 25, all leadership changes are effective immediately.

The new leadership team includes:

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  • Pankaj Patel as executive vice president and chief development officer. He will continue to lead Cisco’s 25,000 development engineers and the company’s $36 billion technology portfolio.
  • Kelly Kramer as executive vice president and CFO. She was promoted to CFO early this year and previously spent 20 years at GE.
  • Rebecca Jacoby as senior vice president of operations. This is an expansion of her role as chief information technology officer. Guillermo Diaz, senior vice president of IT, has been promoted to CIO reporting directly to Jacoby.
  • Francine Katsoudas as senior vice president and chief people officer. She previously was the HR leader and business partner to the Cisco engineering leadership team.
  • Hilton Romanski as senior vice president, and chief technology and strategy officer. He previously headed Cisco’s mergers and acquisitions strategy, and the company’s $2 billion private investment portfolio.
  • Karen Walker as senior vice president and chief marketing officer. She has been overseeing Cisco’s go-to-market organization.
  • Chris Dedicoat as senior vice president of worldwide sales. He has been serving as Cisco’s senior vice president of Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia.
  • Joe Cozzolino as senior vice president of services. He has been leading Cisco’s service provider mobility and video infrastructure businesses.
  • Mark Chandler as senior vice president and general council. He has been leading Cisco’s legal, employee relations, ethics, investigations and brand protection officers.
  • Dr. Ruba Borno as vice president of growth initiatives and chief of staff. She is joining the company after serving as principal and leader in the technology, media & telecommunications, and people & organization practice groups at Boston Consulting Group.

In addition to these appointments, Cisco plans to conduct a comprehensive external search to fill a number of leadership roles for key strategic growth areas for the company.

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