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New Cisco CEO Announces Executive Team

Cisco's incoming CEO Chuck Robbins has named his 10-member leadership team, which includes several Cisco veterans. The company also announced three more executive departures.

As expected, Cisco Chief Strategy and Technology Officer Padmasree Warrior is leaving the company. Re/code reported her departure earlier this week. She will remain as an advisor through the transition, Cisco said.

Edzard Overbeek, senior VP of Cisco services, also is leaving Cisco, but will serve as an advisor during the transition. Wim Elfrink, Cisco's globalization officer since 2006, will retire July 25.

On Monday, Cisco said President of Sales and Development Rob Lloyd and President and COO Gary Moore will step down July 25, a day before Robbins replaces longtime Cisco CEO John Chambers. Robbins was named as Chambers' successor a month ago.

Robbins' new team includes Hilton Romanski as chief technology and strategy officer. Hilton formerly led Cisco's mergers and acquisitions strategy (including its Sourcefire deal) and $2 billion investment portfolio.

Rebecca Jacoby, formerly Cisco's CIO, will serve as senior VP of operations, and Chris Dedicoat, who has been with Cisco since 1995 and headed its EMEAR group, will be senior VP of worldwide sales.

One of the members of Robbins' team, Ruba Borno, comes from outside Cisco. Borno, who will serve as VP of growth initiatives and as chief of staff, worked as a principal at The Boston Consulting Group. She has a Ph.D. in electrical engineering.

Notably, high-profile leaders from Cisco's Application Centric Infrastructure team such as Soni Jiandani, senior VP of marketing for Cisco's Insieme Networks business unit, were not among Robbins' appointments.

See the infographic below from Cisco for details on the new executive team:



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