8. Robbins Shakes Up Cisco's Executive Ranks, Corporate Structure
When Chuck Robbins became Cisco Systems CEO in July 2015, he began shaking up the networking giant's top executive ranks. That's generally par-for-the-course: New CEOs want to install their own management teams.
But the shakeups at Cisco have continued into this year and even seem to have accelerated. Robbins isn't just restructuring the executive suite, he's restructuring the company – most dramatically in its engineering operations. Robbin's goal is to make Cisco a more nimble, more innovative company – even as it shifts its focus from commodity network hardware to software and services.
All that has led to some disruption in the ranks. Partners told CRN there was an internal power struggle underway when four top engineers left in early June. In late May Nick Adamo, the leader of Cisco's global service provider business, announced that he was leaving. That was quickly followed by the news that Nick Earle, the "founding father" of Cisco's cloud strategy, said he planned to leave the company later this year.