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

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Ned Hooper

Current role: In transition

Ned Hooper was Cisco's chief strategy officer and M&A chief until June, when he was confirmed to be exiting the networking king to start an independent investment fund. Following his 13-year rise at Cisco, Hooper was considered to be on the Chambers successor shortlist, though reports from Cisco insiders are conflicted as to whether he was pushed out of his job or not. That would probably make the difference as to whether Hooper would be considered for a return.


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