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Breaking News: Cisco Names Chuck Robbins as New CEO to Succeed John Chambers Featured

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Cisco Names Worldwide Ops SVP Chuck Robbins as New CEO to Succeed John Chambers

Cisco has appointed Charles H. (Chuck) Robbins, 48, as the next CEO and appointed him to the board of directors. John T. Chambers, 65, currently CEO and Chairman, will remain on the board and assume the role of Executive Chairman.

Robbins most recently served as Cisco’s SVP of Worldwide Operations, leading the company’s global sales and partner team that drives $47B in business. He was a key architect of the commercial business segment strategy, sponsored the security and collaboration businesses at the executive level and was a sponsor for the Sourcefire and Meraki acquisitions. Earlier he has served as SVP of Americas, SVP of Worldwide Sales, SVP of Enterprise U.S. and Canada Commercial, SVP of Commercial Business and Group VP of U.S. and Canada channels. He joined Cisco in 1997 and moved quickly through the company’s ranks.

Chambers has served as CEO of Cisco since January 1995, having joined the company in 1991 as the head of sales. He has grown the company from $1.2B in annual revenue to its current run rate of $48B.

Date: May 5, 2015

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