Cisco adds Benioff, Johnson to board of directors

Company continues struggle for profitability
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Cisco Systems (Nasdaq: CSCO) on Thursday named Marc Benioff, co-founder and chief executive officer of Salesforce.com Inc., and Kristina Johnson, CEO of Enduring Hydro LLC, to its board.

With the addition of Benioff and Johnson, Cisco said it now has 14 directors on its board.

The vendor has been struggling to regain its footing in its core routing and switching market. As part of its ongoing reorganization process, Cisco said it would lay off 1,300 employees.

While Cisco decided to shed unprofitable businesses such as Flip Camera, it has been on a buying spree in recent months,with three notable acquisitions: customer premise equipment management software vendor ClearAccess, security software firm Virtuata, and the completion of its $5 billion acquisition of video software vendor NDS.

Chambers said in May that a series of issues, including Europe's debt crisis, low government spending and slow enterprise sales contributed to a Q4 profit forecast that fell below analyst expectations.   

Cisco will report its fiscal fourth-quarter financial results Aug. 15.

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