Cisco revealed that Dave Ward, its chief technology officer of engineering and chief architect of more than seven years and longtime Cisco Fellow, will be stepping down from his post to take a new role inside the company. In his place will be Roland Acra, who has spent the last three years as senior vice president and general manager of Cisco’s Data Center business.
The soon-to-be combined enterprise and data center networking unit will be led by Cisco's senior Vice president and general manager of enterprise networking, Scott Harrell, who has spent the last two years leading the enterprise networking business unit. Harrell has an 18-year tenure with Cisco.
Liz Centoni, a 19-year Cisco veteran and current senior vice president and general manager of IoT for the tech giant, will be heading up the new Cloud Strategy and Compute business unit. She'll also continue to lead the IoT segment for Cisco. Cloud computing's former leader, Kip Compton, will move to Cisco’s Networking and Security Business group, according to Goeckeler's email.