Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Mike Volpi Steps Down as GM of Cisco's Routing and Service Provider

Mike Volpi has resigned his position as senior vice president and general manager of Cisco's Routing and Service Provider Technology group. The company said he is leaving to pursue other career opportunities.

Following the announcement, Cisco announced several executive appointments and some organizational changes. Senior vice presidents Tony Bates and Pankaj Patel will take over management of the renamed Service Provider Technology group, while several other related operations will now report directly to Charlie Giancarlo, the company's Chief Development Officer. Bates and Patel are both 10-year veterans of Cisco's service provider business.

Bates led development of the most ambitious engineering effort in company history, the Carrier Routing System, or CRS-1. Patel most recently directed company operations that develop technologies for service providers and large corporate networks, particularly for high-speed broadband connections. In other roles he helped guide development of voice and telephone capabilities for IP infrastructure, crucial technology that has now made IP networks the primary method for most digital communications.