Cisco's Race Is On: 12 Potential John Chambers Successors

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Who Else?

It's tough to imagine the new leader of Cisco wouldn't be one of the previous 12 names mentioned, but several outsiders who have also been chatted about include Kevin Johnson, CEO of Juniper Networks, David DeWalt, former McAfee CEO and finalist to lead Palo Alto Networks, and Mark Hurd (pictured), former HP CEO and current Oracle co-president.

There are also other names within the Cisco hierarchy worthy of a mention -- CFO Frank Calderoni? EVP Randy Pond? EVP Wim Elfrink? SVP and Cisco ACT leader Angel Mendez? CMO Blair Christie? -- although none seems to have even a sliver of buzz.

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