Cisco's Robbins appoints leadership team

05 June 2015 |


Incoming Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins has named an executive leadership team to lead the company when he takes on his role as of July 25.

Padmasree Warrior, Cisco’s CTO and strategy officer, and Edzard Overbeek, SVP of services will move into strategic advisor roles effectively immediately and stay through the transition. Wim Elfrink, EVP for industry solutions and chief globalisation officer, will retire effective July 25 2015. 

"The opportunity Cisco has to lead our customers into the digital age is incredible. The momentum we have in our business is undeniable. 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. 

The group of 10 on Cisco’s revamped leadership are Pankaj Patel, chief development officer; Kelly Kramer, CFO; Rebecca Jacoby, senior VP of Operations; Francine Katsoudas, chief people officer; Hilton Romanski, chief technology and strategy officer; Karen Walker, chief marketing officer; Chris Dedicoat, SVP of worldwide sales; Joe Cozzolino, SVP of services; Mark Chandler, general counsel; Ruba Borno, VP of growth initiatives and chief of staff.

"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," said Robbins.

The announcement is the latest in a series of recent departures as outgoing CEO John Chambers hands the reins to Robbin. Earlier this week, Cisco announced that president Rob Lloyd and COO Gary Moore were departing.