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30 Notable IT Executive Moves: September 2021

Wade Tyler Millward

September saw new CEOs at StorMagic and WorkFusion and Kyndryl’s first COO. Google Cloud, Microsoft and AMD all announced new executive hires as well.

Shaila Shankar  

Shaila Shankar became leader of Cisco Systems’ Security Business Group in September after Gee Rittenhouse, Cisco’s security senior vice president for the last five years, exited the company.

Shankar is the first woman to lead the Cisco Security business, which is valued at more than $3.3 billion, according to the San Jose, Calif.-based company.

Shankar joined Cisco in June. Prior to her short tenure with the company, the longtime security leader spent a collective eight years at McAfee, most recently serving as senior vice president of engineering for the last two and a half years and three years as general manager of mobile and ISP solutions. She also spent more than six years as Intel‘s vice president of consumer and mobile engineering for the company’s security business.

As executive vice president and general manager of the Security Business Group, Shankar will report to Jeetu Patel, Cisco’s executive vice president and general manager, security and collaboration.

Rittenhouse will stay on for several months to help with the transition, Cisco said.

 
Wade Tyler Millward

Wade Tyler Millward is an associate editor covering cloud computing and the channel partner programs of Microsoft, IBM, Red Hat, Oracle, Salesforce, Citrix and other cloud vendors. He can be reached at wmillward@thechannelcompany.com.

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