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Cisco splits its engineering department into four divisions

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March 23, 2016

Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins has split his company's engineering operations in four as the networking behemoth continues to reinvent itself with the immediate goal on software-defined networking (SDN) and services.

Robbins broke the news to employees with a memo on March 21st. "Cisco announces changes within Engineering designed to better reflect our strategic priorities and align around four growth areas," a Cisco spokesperson told us.

"These changes reflect Cisco’s focus on moving quickly to meet customers’ needs as they embrace digital transformation,” Robbins said.

The divisional changes will see Cisco engineering divided into four distinct units-- security; IoT and applications; cloud services and platforms; and networking.

All 4 of the units' top executives will report directly to Robbins as part of the reshuffle.

For his part, CTO Zorawar Singh is taking over the cloud services and platforms operations. A veteran in cloud apps since his days at HP, Singh has been taking an active role in pushing Cisco's cloud equipment even before the announcement.

The new internet security division will be run by David Goeckeler, who has been managing Cisco's security operations under the Security Business Group banner.

Then, Rowan Trollope will be charged with administering the IoT and Applications group, including the team from the newly acquired firm, Jasper.

Monday's decision will also include some departures, however. Pankaj Patel, who was known to be leaving the company will help establish the Networking Market Segments and Solutions operation before he leaves.

Service Provider business senior vice president Kelly Ahuja will also depart Cisco, we are told.

The shakeup should be seen as the latest step in Robbins' overall efforts in transforming Cisco his own since taking over from John Chambers last year.

Robbin's ongoing process has also included various moves to steer Cisco around new areas including IoT and enterprise services. We'll keep you posted.

Source: Cisco.

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