The close of Cisco's fiscal year, which ends on July 31, always brings significant executive changes at the networking king. But this year there are some particularly eye-opening moves, starting with the continued ascent of Cisco CTO Padmasree Warrior.
Warrior, who joined Cisco from Motorola in late 2007, will wield even more power as Cisco's new chief technology and strategy officer. In that role, she will work with Cisco's engineering, field, operations and services teams and lead Cisco's work on strategic investments, M&A and partnering. It's a much bigger job for Warrior and, as a result, her recent co-lead for engineering, Senior Vice President Pankaj Patel, will take over Cisco's engineering organization outright.