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


David Donatelli

Current role: EVP, Enterprise Servers, Storage and Networking (ESSN), Hewlett-Packard

Among competitors, HP's Donatelli is often mentioned as a potential Chambers successor, thanks to his name recognition and reputation as a hard-charging sales executive well in tune with the shifts going on in the data center. Any such ship-jump move by Donatelli, however, seems highly unlikely unless things really sour at HP. Why? Most observers see Donatelli as waiting out his chance at the CEO job there, with Meg Whitman's tenure atop the world's largest technology company not viewed as a long-haul bet.