Hilton Romanski appointed as new CTO as CEO Chuck Robbins reveals new leadership team.
New Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins revealed his new leadership team this week, with departures including CTO Padmasree Warrior.
Warrior was one of three departures, alongside Wim Elfrink, Chief Globalisation Officer and Edzard Overbeek, Senior Vice President of Cisco Services.
Warrior and Overbeek will remain at Cisco, moving into strategic advisor roles, while Elfrink is set to retire in July alongside outgoing CEO John Chambers.
Hilton Romanski will replace Warrior as Chief Technology and Strategy Officer, moving from his previous role leading Cisco’s mergers and acquisitions strategy and $2 billion private investment portfolio.
Rebecca Jacoby moves from Chief Information Officer to oversee the global supply chain and business services as head of Operations, while Guillermo Diaz takes the CIO role.
Meanwhile, Cisco veteran Chris Dedicoat will head up Worldwide Sales, Joe Cozzolino will lead Services and Ruba Borno from Boston Consulting Group will head up Growth Initiatives and Chief of Staff.
There was some continuity; Pankaj Patel has been confirmed to continue as Chief Development Officer. Kelly Kramer will remain as CFO, while Francine Katsoudas, Karen Walker and Mark Chandler will continue their roles as heads of HR, marketing and legal respectively.
"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 Chuck Robbins, incoming Cisco CEO.
"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."