Cisco CEO Has A New Team; Padmasree Warrior Is Out

by CXOtoday News Desk    Jun 05, 2015

Padmasree Warrior

Putting an end to the raging speculations about the exit of Cisco’s chief strategy and technology officer Padmasree Warrior, the Cisco CEO-elect Chuck Robbins has announced his new leadership.

In a blog, he has listed the new faces and the ones who will be leaving the organization.

“Padmasree has led the success of many of our strategic partnerships and will remain with us until September to help finalize some of our key partnerships for the future. I am grateful for the impact she’s had on Cisco and her commitment to helping us finalize these important alliances. Padmasree has led the success of many of our strategic partnerships and will remain with us until September to help finalize some of our key partnerships for the future.,” he wrote.

She has been replaced by Hilton Romanski, who is designated as the Senior Vice President and Chief Technology and Strategy Officer.

Describing Hilton, Chris wrote: “Hilton has been responsible for the ‘buy’ in Cisco’s “build, buy, partner, integrate” strategy for growth and innovation. He has led over $20 billion in acquisitions in 40 deals, including Sourcefire, Meraki, and Airespace and was named Deal Maker of the Year in 2014 by The Deal.”

In his new role, Hilton will lead CTSO and be chartered to drive strategic development and growth of Cisco by applying important tools to nurture technology disruption, build alliance partnerships, acquire companies, invest in start-ups, and engage the global marketplace of ideas to drive Cisco’s success

Underlining the need for the new team to understand customers and  deliver best results, he said: “We have been developing and attracting our next generation of leaders for many years, and I’m confident that this team is ready to lead Cisco’s next chapter. They know how Cisco works, what makes Cisco great, and how we can accelerate our current momentum. Some have been with the company for as long as I have or longer, a third have joined Cisco in the last 3 years, and others are new to Cisco.”

They have the capabilities, accomplishments, and the values required to lead us into the future. Their combined vision, passion and authenticity, along with a focus on strategy, results, and innovation truly differentiate this team. These unique characteristics reflect the remarkable culture of Cisco that has motivated and energized me for the past 17 years.

“This new leadership team, along with the deep talent and passion of all of Cisco, gives me absolute confidence that we will lead, and our customers will win. I’ve never been more excited to build our future together,” he said.

The new leadership team:

Pankaj Patel, Executive Vice President, Development

Kelly Kramer, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Rebecca Jacoby, Senior Vice President, Operations (previously CIO)

 Guillermo Diaz, CIO

 Francine Katsoudas, Senior Vice President, Chief People Officer

Chris Dedicoat, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales

Joe Cozzolino, Senior Vice President, Services

Hilton Romanski, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology and Strategy Officer

Karen Walker, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer

Mark Chandler, Senior Vice President and General Counsel

Ruba Borno, VP, Growth Initiatives and Chief of Staff

 Leaders leaving Cisco

Wim Elfrink, Cisco’s Chief Globalization Officer

Padmasree Warrior, Cisco’s Chief Strategy and Technology Officer

Edzard Overbeek, Senior Vice President of Cisco