Keith Griffith contributed to this story.
Add CTO Padmasree Warrior and globalization chief Wim Elfrink to the list of departing Cisco executives, as they’re not on the executive team announced today by incoming CEO Chuck Robbins.
Robbins will take over as Cisco CEO on July 26, as John Chambers ends his 20-year reign.
Cisco had already announced the departures of Rob Lloyd and Gary Moore, the company’s two presidents and, maybe not coincidentally, the two considered most likely to succeed Chambers.
The departure of Warrior, who was appointed CTO by Chambers in 2007, was predicted by Re/code earlier this week.
Elfrink was Cisco’s chief globalization officer from 2006 on. Among his first tasks was to set up Cisco’s second headquarters, in Bangalore, India — a project that involved moving to India and getting Cisco more ensconced in the Bangalore community.
Cisco also announced that Edzard Overbeek, senior vice president of services, is departing.
Elfrink will leave Cisco on July 25. Warrior will stay until September as an advisor, and Overbeek will stay as an advisor for an unspecified length of time.
Leading Off, Playing Center Field …
The 10-member executive team is a slimming-down from Chambers’ 13-member team. Robbins did not fill the president roles vacated by Lloyd and Moore, instead opting for a smaller leadership team reporting directly to himself.
Here’s the lineup card he turned in this morning.
Pankaj Patel will be executive vice president of development. He’s spent the past several years in executive roles related to Cisco’s engineering team, and Chambers had credited him with reorganizing that team during the past two years. Patel hasn’t always been as visible as other executives but has been a key decision-maker in Cisco’s upper ranks.
Rebecca Jacoby will be promoted to senior vice president of operations — essentially filling the spot held by Moore, who was Cisco’s first-ever COO. Jacoby has been Cisco’s CIO, which put her it the position to be the de facto focus group for a lot of new Cisco technologies. A year or two ago, the company expanded her position to give her input on product development as well — and why not, since she actually had to deploy the stuff. Guillermo Diaz will move up to take the CIO position.
Hilton Romanski will effectively replace Warrior, becoming chief technology and strategy officer. Romanski has been in charge of Cisco’s acquisitions since late 2011. That job that comes with a lot of visibility; Cisco counts 40 deals he’s shepherded, totaling $20 billion in spending. It seems like a natural step, as he’s already been waist-deep in new technologies.
Ruba Borno will be chief of staff, a role that was common at large tech firms in the 80s but had gone the way of skinny ties. (It’s making a comeback; HP CEO Meg Whitman has a chief of staff as well.) Borno, who holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering, is the lone outsider in the executive circle; she’s joining Cisco from Boston Consulting Group, where she worked in the technology and organizational practice groups. She’ll also serve as Cisco’s vice president of growth initiatives.
Karen Walker takes over as chief marketing officer, replacing Blair Christie. There’s no official word yet on whether Christie will be leaving Cisco.
Joe Cozzolino will be senior vice president of services, replacing Overbeek. He’s a former Motorola executive who’s been working at Cisco on the service provider side, leading the mobility and video businesses.
Francine Kastoudas will be a senior vice president and chief people officer, a.k.a. head of human resources.
Chris Dedicoat, a 20-year Cisco veteran, will be senior vice president of worldwide sales, replacing Lloyd.
Kelly Kramer remains CFO, and Mark Chandler remains general counsel.