Monday, May 4, 2015

Chuck Robbins to Succeed John Chambers as Cisco CEO

Chuck Robbins will succeed John Chambers as Cisco's Chief Executive Officer effective July 26, 2015, the end of the company's current fiscal year. Robbins was also elected to the Board of Directors of Cisco, effective May 1, 2015. John Chambers will assume the role of Executive Chairman on July 26, 2015, and will continue to serve as the Chairman of Cisco’s Board.

Robbins joined Cisco in 1997 and most recently served as Cisco’s senior vice president of worldwide operations, leading the company’s global sales and partner team that drives $47B in business for the company. Cisco said he has played a key role in the development of Cisco's security and collaboration businesses and was a sponsor for the Sourcefire and Meraki acquisitions. He holds a Bachelor of Science (BS), Mathematical Sciences, from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“I joined Cisco 17 years ago because I wanted to be a part of a company where I believed the possibilities were limitless. Today, I am even more convinced that Cisco is that company,” said Chuck Robbins. “Over the past 20 years, John Chambers’ vision and leadership have built Cisco into one of the most important companies in the world; a company fiercely committed to delivering for its customers, shareholders, partners, and employees. The opportunity that lies ahead for Cisco is enormous, and the ability to lead this next chapter is deeply humbling and incredibly exhilarating.

John Chambers has served as CEO of Cisco since January 1995, having joined the company in 1991 as the head of sales.