Sources: Cisco Systems Marketing And Communications Team Hit Hard In Recent Layoff Round


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Cisco Systems, in an under-the-radar round of job cuts earlier this month, laid off about 120 people from its Global Marketing and Corporate Communications organization, including several senior-level staff members who'd been at the company for more than a decade, sources familiar with the situation told CRN recently.

After a recent restructuring, Cisco's field and product marketing teams are now reporting to Cisco Chief Marketing Officer Karen Walker, said the sources. The recent layoffs are part of her effort to consolidate the existing organization, they said.

Laura Fay, vice president of integrated marketing communications and a 22-year Cisco veteran, was among the employees that were let go, said the sources, who all spoke on condition of anonymity.

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A Cisco spokeswoman confirmed Fay's departure in an email to CRN on Wednesday, but did not respond to a question about whether she'll be replaced.

Fay joined Cisco in 1993 in its very first acquisition -- Crescendo Communications -- which launched the networking giant into the switching market. That deal also brought Cisco three top engineers -- Mario Mazzola, Luca Cafiero and Prem Jain -- who went on to lead development of "spin-ins" Andiamo, Nuova and most recently, Insieme -- the basis for its Application Centric Infrastructure technology.

Michelle Chiantera, senior director of Americas partner marketing and a 15-year Cisco veteran, is now leading Cisco's global partner marketing, the Cisco spokeswoman said.

Cisco, San Jose, Calif., has seen several executive exits recently, beginning soon after it revealed in May that worldwide sales chief Chuck Robbins would be taking over as CEO when John Chambers stepped down in July. Robbins appointed a new leadership team in June and said he planned to reshape Cisco into a flatter, faster-moving organization.

Bruce Klein, former Cisco channel chief, left the company in July and was replaced by 15-year Cisco veteran Wendy Bahr.

Since then, Cisco has seen a number of channel executives depart, including Surinder Brar, chief of partner strategy for its Cloud and Managed Services Organization, and Richard McLeod, senior director of worldwide collaboration channel sales.

Two 17-year veterans -- Claire Trimble, director of global strategy and marketing operations, and Vicki Araujo, senior manager of global partner marketing -- left in August, according to their LinkedIn profiles.

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