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


Mike Volpi

Current role: Partner, Index Ventures

Volpi was one of the rising stars in the Cisco galaxy, having run Cisco's business development team and M&A strategy in the late 1990s and later its routing and service provider business before leaving Cisco in 2007.

Like Giancarlo, he's been out of the Cisco game for half a decade -- an eon in tech years -- and seems to be enjoying his role at Index, including a recent appointment as a board member to Cisco WebEx competitor FuzeBox. Still, never say never.