Today, I am excited to share an update about Cisco’s Executive Leadership Team (ELT).

Eyal Dagan
Cisco EVP, Strategic Projects

Eyal Dagan, who has led our Common Hardware Group since 2020, is taking on an important new role at Cisco. As our new Executive Vice President, Strategic Projects, Eyal will work with me and the ELT on critical projects that require deep technical expertise to ensure our innovation and leadership in the technology industry remains strong.

Transitioning to a new role is something Eyal and I have been discussing for some time, and an important factor was finding the right person to lead our Common Hardware Group, the highly innovative team that delivers the silicon, hardware systems, and optics for Cisco’s switching, routing, optical, cable access, and IoT portfolios as well as components and white boxes directly to customers.

With that in mind, I am very pleased to announce that Martin Lund, an industry veteran with decades of experience driving innovation and business growth in the networking and semiconductor industries, is joining Cisco as our new Executive Vice President, Common Hardware Group. Martin will join our ELT and report to me, effective today.


A Longstanding Partnership for Success

Eyal and Martin have a friendship and partnership going back 20 years. In 2009, as the SVP and GM of Broadcom’s Network Switching business, Martin helped acquire Dune Networks, a company co-founded by Eyal. With this longstanding relationship and their combined expertise, I am incredibly excited about what we can achieve for Cisco’s future.

Martin Lund
Cisco EVP, Common Hardware Group

Prior to joining Cisco, Martin was Corporate Vice President of Microsoft’s Azure for Operators, where he was responsible for delivering Azure-based solutions for public and private 5G, packet core, voice, and AI operations. Before being acquired by Microsoft, Martin was Chief Executive Officer of Metaswitch Networks, a cloud native communications software company. In addition to his 12 years at Broadcom, where he was instrumental in building the Network Switching brand and growing the business to more than $1 billion, Martin has also held leadership positions at companies such as Cadence Design Systems and Intel.

Martin’s experience defining strategy, leading global teams, and driving growth combined with his extensive background in networking and AI make him the right leader to drive this critical part of our business forward.


Accelerating Innovation and Driving Growth

While we’re just starting to see the many ways AI will shape our world, one thing is clear – the network is critical, and Cisco builds networks better than anyone. With Splunk now officially on board, Cisco is uniquely positioned to power and protect the AI revolution. A critical part of this is our ability to deliver world-class infrastructure and solutions that can handle massive amounts of data – now required and foundational for AI.

I am confident that with the strong foundation we have, we will accelerate the great work the teams are doing and identify new opportunities to deliver differentiated technology and solutions that will fuel the future of AI. With Eyal and Martin in these new roles, I know we will continue to build on our momentum and deliver unmatched innovation for our customers.



Chuck Robbins

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Cisco Systems, Inc.