In Pictures: 10 Cisco executive departures over the past year

High-profile Cisco officials who have left recently amidst shifting tides at the company

  • Paul Mountford, senior vice president of global enterprise sales, left Cisco this week to spend more time with family, according to the company. A longtime Cisco veteran, Mountford is the latest high-profile executive to leave the company within the past year. Here are 10 of those highly visible Cisco executives who have departed.

  • Paul Mountford is the latest executive to depart. A 16-year Cisco veteran, Mountford led global enterprise sales. But he’s leaving to spend more time with his family in the U.K., and his duties will now be assumed by Nick Adamo, senior vice president of service provider sales.

  • Amanda Jobbins left Cisco earlier this month as vice president of global partner marketing to, like Mountford, spend more time with family. Both Jobbins and Mountford are from the UK. Jobbins was in her role for only a year, having replaced Luanne Tierney, who took a similar position at rival Juniper.

  • Also looking to spend more time with family is Keith Goodwin, who retired from Cisco earlier this month. Goodwin had led Cisco’s Worldwide Partner Organization for seven years, helping to shape it into one of the most prolific and enviable channel structures in the industry.

  • Ned Hooper left Cisco in June during a management shake-up. As Chief Strategy Officer, Hooper was instrumental in many acquisitions, both good and bad: Tandberg, WebEx, Airespace, Starent and NDS; but also Pure Digital, maker of the Flip videocam that Cisco killed, and PostPath, a SaaS-based email service that Cisco eventually shuttered. After 13 years at Cisco, Hooper left to become a principal investor and form an independent investment partnership company.

  • Laura Ipsen had been Cisco’s senior vice president and general manager of Connected Energy, the business unit responsible for the company's smart grid utility networking strategy. Before that, Ipsen had managed the company's Global Policy and Government Affairs division. She left Cisco in February to become corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Worldwide Public Sector organization.

  • Praveen Akkiraju left his post as Cisco’s senior vice president and general manager of the Network Services Technology Group to become CEO of VCE, the data center joint venture company formed by Cisco, EMC, VMware and Intel. So while technically Akkiraju did leave Cisco, he didn’t go far. Should VCE, which is unprofitable after three years in business and facing increasing competition from its own venture companies, fizzle or dissolve, Akkiraju could be pulled back into the mother ship.

  • Also not going far – or expected to soon return, actually -- is Brett Galloway, who took a year-long leave of absence effective October 2011. Galloway is senior vice president of Cisco’s Network Services Group, in charge of wireless, security and enterprise routing operations. But he, too, expressed a desire to spend more time with family. Time’s almost up…

  • Tom Gillis, formerly vice president of Cisco’s security technologies business unit, left the company last fall to purse an entrepreneurial opportunity. Gillis had spearheaded Cisco's security engineering direction, including the SecureX architecture announced earlier in 2011. He was replaced by Chris Young, formerly a senior vice president at VMware, who heads the new Cisco Security Group.

  • Brad Hedlund was a Cisco engineer and data center architect when he left the company in October 2011 to join rival Dell. Hedlund had been at Cisco since May of 2006 when he jumped over from a Chicago law firm where he was a network architect. At Dell, Hedlund is in charge of the company’s enterprise networking products strategy, which includes the Force10 gear Dell acquired 13 months ago.

  • Manny Rivelo, a 19-year Cisco veteran, left the company for application acceleration rival F5 in October, 2011. Rivelo had been Cisco's senior vice president of engineering operations and systems. He left to become F5's senior vice president of security and strategic solutions.

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