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Cisco CEO Robbins Credited for Shift to Software

Cisco Systems CEO Chuck Robbins, nearly four years after taking the helm at the networking equipment maker, has overseen a move into software sales that is going over well with investors, according to this MarketWatch profile. Stories like this one show how Mr. Robbins has logged enough time as CEO to have a track record all of his own, which is no small feat considering that he took over for ex-Cisco CEO John Chambers, one of the most iconic leaders in tech industry history. 

That said, it certainly hasn’t been a smooth ride for Mr. Robbins. Mr. Chambers stayed on as executive chairman and disagreed with Mr. Robbins over personnel and operational management issues, as we reported in September 2017. Mr. Robbins has reshaped Cisco’s executive leadership ranks, replacing many long-timers who were close to Mr. Chambers.  

Meanwhile, Mr. Robbins still has a couple of moves to make, including upgrading the company’s cloud computing and collaboration products. That’s one reason Cisco has its eye on HashiCorp, a startup that develops software for managing apps across multiple cloud providers, as we reported last week.


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