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Cisco's Chambers On Why Robbins Got The CEO Nod And How Much Control He'll Really Have

After 20 years at the top of the networking behemoth, John Chambers steps aside in July. Here, CRN shares some of his thoughts on the hand-off.

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Chambers On His Succesor

Cisco CEO John Chambers will step aside July 26 after 20 years of ruling the San Jose, Calif.-based networking giant.

On Monday, the 65-year-old spoke alongside his successor, Chuck Robbins, about the process of handing over the reins, his future and why Robbins was the right person for the job. Chambers, who will remain on Cisco's board as executive chairman, said he's excited to be Robbins' "coach," but made it clear that Robbins will be making the big calls going forward.

The following are edited excerpts from a conference call with journalists Monday.

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