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


Marc Benioff

Current role: CEO, Salesforce.com, and Cisco board member

Far-fetched, you say? Well, consider this: Cisco is making a not-exactly-comfortable transition to a world where software and cloud computing are the most important priorities in the networking and data center segments. And maybe, just maybe, Cisco's board feels it needs an image-booster -- a younger leader with a bold vision and a hipster streak -- for its next top gun.

There's no one on the potential Cisco list even approaching the iconoclast cache Benioff has, and, oh, by the way, he's also now a Cisco board member. Far-fetched? Yes. Impossible? Hardly.