Cisco names two more to new CEO's team

Cisco has named two new executives to the leadership team of new CEO Chuck Robbins, who begins his tenure today.

Zorawar Biri Singh is Cisco's senior vice president and CTO, Platforms and Solutions, and Kevin Bandy is the company's senior vice president and chief digital officer. Both will report to Robbins.

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As Cisco's CTO, Singh will anticipate customer and industry transitions, and define the Cisco's technology strategy, Robbins said in a blog post. He will develop Cisco's long-term technology roadmap, platforms and architectures, and help set the foundation for our long-term investments.

Singh will also work with Chief Strategy Officer Hilton Romanski to align technology strategy with corporate development priorities. Romanski had been chief technology and strategy officer, taking over for the departed Padmasree Warrior. But Cisco spokespeople say the company always intended to bring in a new CTO and have Romanski focus on strategy.

Previously, Singh was a venture partner at Khosla Ventures, where he focused on enterprise IT software, predictive data analytics, cloud platforms and infrastructure investments. A 24-year industry veteran, Singh spent half his career as an entrepreneur building enterprise focused startups and the other half as a product leader at three companies, Hewlett Packard, IBM and Nortel Networks.

At HP, Singh was senior vice president and general manager of the company's cloud business, where he oversaw HP's global cloud portfolio and open source efforts. Prior to HP, Singh led corporate strategy and portfolio solutions as vice president of cloud computing at IBM and served as a member of the executive team that launched IBM's cloud business unit in 2010.

As Cisco's Chief Digital Officer, Bandy will work with teams across Cisco to shape the company's digitization strategy for equipping customers, including countries and cities, with Cisco Internet technologies. Bandy will also work with Rebecca Jacoby, senior vice president of Operations, to establish Cisco's own companywide digital strategy.

Bandy comes to Cisco from where, as senior vice president of enterprise transformation, he was responsible for growth and market expansion of that company's front office operations platform.


Jim Duffy

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