​Cisco CEO Robbins names new starting exec lineup

Cisco brings in a new CTO as well as a vice president of growth initiatives.

Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins announced his executive team, which shifts a few internal leaders into new roles, brings in an outsider to oversee growth initiatives and adds a new chief technology officer.

Robbins inherits the Cisco thrown from John Chambers and judging from the company's most recent quarter is set up well. The big challenge for Robbins is replacing executives---co-presidents Rob Lloyd and Gary Moore---passed over the CEO gig, maintaining continuity and seeing Cisco through a fresh lens.

For instance, Padmasree Warrior will step down as CTO, but remain as an advisor through a transition to Hilton Romanski, who previously led Cisco's merger and acquisition plans.

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As for fresh blood, Robbins named Dr. Ruba Borno vice president of growth initiatives and chief of staff. She had lead Boston Consulting Group's technology, media and telecommunications and people and organization practices.

The rest of the lineup includes:

  • Pankaj Patel, chief development officer. Patel will continue to oversee Cisco's development and engineering and technology portfolio.
  • Kelly Kramer, chief financial officer. Kramer became CFO earlier this year after being an exec at GE.
  • Rebecca Jacoby, senior vice president of operations. Jacoby, who was CIO, will retain her previous role overseeing IT, but will also get control of global supply chain, business services and security. Guillermo Diaz, senior vice president of IT, will become CIO and report to Jacoby. Diaz will lead IT architecture, tech strategy and services.
  • Francine Katsoudas, chief people officer, has been in the role since 2014.
  • Karen Walker, chief marketing officer, moved from overseeing Cisco's go-to-market strategy. She joined Cisco from HP in 2009.
  • Chris Dedicoat, senior vice president of worldwide sales. Dedicoat had led sales in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia.
  • Joe Cozzolino, senior vice president of services. He previously led Cisco's service provider mobility and video infrastructure units.
  • Mark Chandler, general counsel. Chandler has been in the role 19 years.