Cisco's Robbins names new CTO and chief digital officer

Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins has put more elements of his leadership team in place, naming Zorawar Biri Singh as senior VP and CTO of Platforms and Solutions and Kevin Bandy SVP and chief digital officer.

Singh, who joins Cisco from Khosla Ventures, a Silicon Valley venture-capital firm, is tasked with developing the company's strategy of customer and industry transitions, while setting the foundation for long-term investments. He will also work with the strategy team to align technology and business strategy with corporate development priorities. Besides Khosla Ventures, Singh held technology positions Hewlett-Packard Co. and IBM.

Working with teams across Cisco to design a vision for the company and its customers, Bandy will help define the company's next generation digital strategy. Also, he will work with the operations and IT teams to execute the digital strategy throughout the company.

"As I've said before, a diverse set of perspectives and experiences is important to me as we build Cisco's next chapter," wrote Robbins in a blog post. "We've looked at leaders from around the world, and I am convinced that we are adding two of the most strategic and innovative leaders to the Cisco team. Their creative thinking will make us even stronger."

These latest appointments are just one of several moves Robbins, who officially took the CEO position today, has made to Cisco to realign the corporate and management structure.

In June, Robbins announced that three of its veteran employees would leave the company, including co-presidents Rob Lloyd and Gary Moore. Padmasree Warrior, Cisco's CTO and CSO (chief strategy officer) is also departing this month.

The new CEO is also shedding assets that he deems are no longer strategic the company. In less than a week, Robbins revealed Cisco would shut down its Invicta data-storage product line and sell its struggling set-top box business to Technicolor.

For more:
- WSJ has this article
- see this blog post

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