2 Cisco Presidents Quit

With a new CEO taking the reigns, two of Cisco's top leaders have resigned. Presidents Rob Lloyd and Gary Moore are stepping down effective next month, the company announced Monday.

The two will step down effective July 25 -- the day before longtime CEO and chairman John Chambers retires. Incumbent CEO Chuck Robbins announced the two men's imminent departure in a blog post on Monday. It's part of transitioning Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) to a "flatter leadership team," Robbins says. (See Cisco's Robbins to Replace Chambers as CEO.)

The new CEO plans to announce his new organizational structure and leadership team within two weeks, he adds.

Prior to Robbins being named the new Cisco CEO last month, Lloyd had been widely considered Chambers's successor, frequently appearing at his side on earnings calls and other public events.

Lloyd, who spent 21 years at Cisco, is president of sales and development and also led the company's Internet of Everything team, connecting manufacturing, smart cities, retail and other sectors in Cisco's Internet of Things strategy, Robbins says.

Moore is Cisco's first president and COO, joining Cisco in 2001 as head of services in 2001 and growing that business over 12 years from $3 billion to nearly $10 billion annual revenue, according to Robbins.

Lloyd says on a Cisco blog post that he's leaving "to begin the next chapter in my career." He says he's "very pleased that Chuck Robbins, who I've had the pleasure to call a friend for more than a decade, is taking over as CEO as I depart." Moore says farewell in his own blog post.

The services organization Moore built will be integral to Cisco's transition from selling products to selling "outcomes" -- Cisco's way of saying that it's going to focus less on technology and more on how that technology can produce business results. (See How Cisco Will Compete Against White Box Switches.)

Chambers announced his retirement well in advance -- in 2012 -- saying then that he would step aside in two to four years and naming Moore, Lloyd, Robbins and Edzard Overbeek, senior VP of global services, as possible successors. (See John Chambers IDs Potential Successors.)

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That resulted in behind-the-scenes corporate intrigue that -- to Cisco's credit -- was virtually invisible to the public, says 451 Research analyst and longtime Cisco veteran Christian Renaud. Cisco's stock barely moved when Chambers finally announced his retirement date last month.

"It was Game of Thrones-time on who was heir apparent," Renaud says.

As for the future for Lloyd and Moore: What can two ex-presidents do when they suddenly find they have a lot of free time? Maybe something like this:

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wilsonjade00 3/10/2020 | 10:01:17 AM
Re: Dual of the Presidents Appears to be a truly smooth change. Echoes the GE mallet change in front of Welch's retirement where the two who passed up a major opportunity made their ways out rapidly. Whatever the inside interests, they've overseen it well. You can also view these related articles on Wikipedia provided by
DHagar 6/2/2015 | 1:20:48 PM
Re: Smooth transition RClark, yes they have managed this well.  That, like the GE example, demonstrates effective leadership in and of itself.  It will certainly serve the company well.
DHagar 6/2/2015 | 1:12:18 PM
Re: Dual of the Presidents brooks7, indeed - good strategy - everyone wins!
R Clark 6/2/2015 | 3:54:59 AM
Smooth transition Seems a pretty smooth transition. Echoes the GE baton change ahead of Welch's retirement where the two who missed out made their exits quickly.  Whatever the internal intrigues, they've managed it well.
brooks7 6/2/2015 | 1:42:35 AM
Re: Dual of the Presidents Its called not burning your bridges when the job you wanted went to another guy.

DHagar 6/1/2015 | 10:00:15 PM
Re: Dual of the Presidents MitchWagner - that is priceless!  A great dual of talent and creative minds!

Everyone seems happy with this arrangement - it definitely is going smoothly - maybe the result of effective golden parachutes?

It sounds as if the new CEO is going to "redirect"  Cisco into a solutions company and collapse the hierarchy.  If focused, well executed, and supported, that may make a real difference; this will be interesting to watch.
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