Cisco taps former Adobe CFO Garrett to join board

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Cisco bolstered its board of directors roster with former Adobe CFO Mark Garrett as its newest member. (Cisco)

Cisco has named Mark Garrett, former EVP and CFO of Adobe Systems, to its board as part of the vendor’s effort to fill the membership roster.

Garrett r­etired from his position this month. He also served as CFO of the Software Group of EMC Corporation and of Documentum.

Mark Garrett

Besides his new position at Cisco, which is effective immediately, Garrett is also on the board of directors of GoDaddy and Pure Storage. 


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By adding Garrett to the board, Cisco will now have a total of 12 members.

The 11 other members on Cisco’s board include:

  • Carol Bartz, CEO of Yahoo.
  • Former Mercer CEO Michele Burns.
  • Michael Capellas, founder and CEO of Capellas Strategic Partners.
  • Amy Chang, CEO of Accompany.
  • John Hennessy, director of the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program and former president of Stanford University.
  • Kristina Johnson, chancellor of the State University of New York.
  • Roderick McGeary, former KPMG vice chairman.
  • Charles Robbins, Cisco’s chairman and CEO.
  • Arun Sarin, former Vodafone Group CEO.
  • Brenton Saunders, Allergan CEO.
  • and Steven West, Emerging Company Partners founder and partner.

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Garrett comes to Cisco with over 30 years of financial and accounting experience in the technology industry.

"Mark has lived the critical transformation and transition to the cloud that technology companies require to continue growing and evolving," said Chuck Robbins, chairman and CEO of Cisco, in a release. I'm looking forward to his many contributions as we continue to make progress in our transition to drive more subscriptions and recurring revenue."

In 2017, he was appointed Executive Vice President and CFO of Adobe in February 2007 and retired from this position on April 9, 2018. Previously, he served as SVP and CFO of the Software Group of EMC Corporation from June 2004 until January 2007. Additionally, Garrett served as EVP and CFO of Documentum from 2002 until December 2003 before being acquired by EMC.

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