SVP Of Cisco's Global Enterprise Segment Departs

McCool's departure comes after a 17-year run at the networking giant, where his most recent title was Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Cisco's Global Enterprise Segment.

Cisco said Tom Wilburn, former vice president of Unified Access Sales at Cisco and a key driver behind Cisco's $1.2 billion acquisition of Meraki, has been tapped to fill McCool's role.

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"I can confirm that after 17 years at Cisco, John McCool has decided to leave the company to pursue new opportunities. John will be succeeded in his role leading the Enterprise Networking architecture by Tom Wilburn," a Cisco spokesperson told CRN in an emailed statement. "Tom has over 30 years of sales experience, including eight years at Cisco, and he has deep experience in mobility, switching and routing."

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As head of Cisco's Enterprise Networking Sales Architecture team, McCool helped shape Cisco's sales strategy for its enterprise routing, switching and security portfolio. Prior to taking on a position in sales, McCool was a senior leader of Cisco's engineering organization, where he played a key role in developing Cisco's Catalyst 4500, Catalyst 6500 and Nexus 7000 switches.

McCool joined Cisco through its acquisition of Granite Systems in 1996. Before that, McCool led network product development teams at SynOptics, AMD and NeXT Computer, the PC startup founded by Steve Jobs prior to his taking the helm at Apple.

In addition to Wilburn, Cisco said some of McCool's responsibilities, particularly in regards to security, will be taken over by Vice President of Architecture Sales Scott Lovett.