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


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Succession talk at Cisco is once again on the front burner following CEO John Chambers' comments that he would stick around for two to four more years and that Cisco is beginning to consolidate power in the hands of several short-lister candidates, preparing for a "nonevent" transition.

Most Cisco observers -- including Chambers himself -- think it unlikely that an outsider would come in to lead the company, given Cisco's exacting company culture. But there's always the possibility that Cisco's board, on which Chambers hopes to remain chairman, will go outside for a fresh face to make over the company.

Here are 12 potential candidates, including a handful that Chambers mentioned during an exclusive interview with CRN last week.