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Charting a Course for Ongoing Excellence in Engineering – From Padmasree Warrior and Pankaj Patel

Cisco has made it crystal clear that we will continue to aggressively change and transform Cisco. We are committed to a three-year plan, which is laser-focused on creating value for our shareholders, customers, partners and employees. And we have long believed that continued innovation and operational excellence are indispensable ingredients in delivering greater value as Cisco moves forward.

With that as a backdrop, we are excited about the new Cisco Engineering leadership structure we announced to the company today. We recognize that customers count on Cisco, and the power of the network, to solve their most important business challenges.

Our talented engineers are Cisco’s builders and innovators—the individuals and teams who have made, and will continue to make, Cisco the leader in integrated products and software platforms, technology architectures and intelligent networks. The new structure will enhance our engineering teams’ ability to execute on our technology strategies and contribute to Cisco’s long-term success.

Engineering Groups

Fundamentally, we are refining our engineering organization to focus on innovation, accountability, simplicity and alignment.  As such, we are creating five streamlined groups across engineering, and five strategic technology groups to drive consistent strategies and architectures across the groups.  Here is the new structure and team:

  • The Enterprise Networking Group, which brings together Enterprise Routing, Campus Switching, WaaS, Wireless LAN and the networking elements of the Small Business Team, will be led by Rob Soderbery.  Praveen Akkiraju will continue to lead Enterprise Routing and Wireless.
  • Data Center will be led by David Yen (who joined Cisco earlier this year from Juniper), which includes Data Center Switching, Servers/Storage and Load Balancing.
  • Security and Government Group will be led by Chris Young, who recently joined Cisco from VMware, and will include the Security Technology Group, Global Government Solutions group and Corporate Security Programs.
  • Service Provider Networking, which includes SP Routing and SP Mobility, will be led by Surya Panditi.  Kelly Ahuja will continue to lead SP Mobility.
  • Video and Collaboration, which is comprised of the Collaboration and Communications, TelePresence Technology, Service Provider Video Technology and Emerging Technologies, will be led by Marthin DeBeer. We are combining TelePresence Technology Group and Collaboration & Communications Group  into a single Collaboration Group led by Barry O’Sullivan. OJ Winge will report to Barry and continue to lead the TelePresence business.

Strategic Technology Groups

  • Cloud and System Management Technology Group will continue to be led by Rebecca Jacoby.
  • Engineering and Operations and Systems will continue to be led by Joe Wojtal.
  • Network Operating Software Technology Group will continue to be led by Ben Fathi.
  • Silicon and Central Engineering will be led by Bill Swift and Massimo Prati.
  • Research and Advanced Development will continue to be led by Joel Bion.

John McCool is partnering with Rob and David to successfully transition his teams to the new groups, and will then move into a new leadership role within the worldwide sales organization, which will be announced shortly.

Cisco’s record for innovation is light years ahead of any other networking company. We both feel confident that these changes, together with the ongoing enthusiasm and talent of our world-class engineers, put Cisco in a position to add several more light years to that lead.

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  1. I am so thrilled to see the innovation that will happen on Cisco!!!

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