Cisco's perennial rising star exits and hasn't revealed his next move

Phil Harvey, Editor-in-Chief

February 8, 2007

1 Min Read
Volpi Out at Cisco

Mike Volpi, the executive in charge of Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO)'s Routing and Service Provider Technology Group, is leaving the company today.

Cisco said today that Volpi "has not yet decided what his next steps will be." Volpi, often thought of as the eventual successor to John Chambers, has held a variety of senior executive roles during his 12-year tenure at Cisco. At one point he was the company's chief technology officer.

But most will remember Volpi as one of the main drivers of Cisco's acquisition spree that began in the early 1990s. Since Volpi came on board, Cisco has bought more than 70 companies, the most notable launching Cisco into markets such as switching, content networks, and consumer home networking.

At industry events and in interviews, the media (that's us!) found Volpi to be one of the few high-ranking execs that didn't sound as if he were reading from a script. We've highlighted some of his notable quotables here.

"He is leaving at a time when the service provider program at Cisco is strong and the seasoned management team that he has built is prepared to lead the company and the industry in the same way that he has," writes a Cisco spokesman in a statement sent to the media.

Senior executives Pankaj Patel and Tony Bates will jointly lead the now renamed Service Provider Technology Group (SPTG). These gents will report to Charles Giancarlo, Cisco's Chief Development Officer.

"Cisco is proud to have had Mike as a leader and he will always be considered part of the extended Cisco family," Cisco's spokesperson writes.

Volpi wasn't available for comment.

What do you think of this development? Let us know by taking our new poll here: Volpi Verdict.

— Phil Harvey, Managing Editor, Light Reading

About the Author(s)

Phil Harvey

Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

Phil Harvey has been a Light Reading writer and editor for more than 18 years combined. He began his second tour as the site's chief editor in April 2020.

His interest in speed and scale means he often covers optical networking and the foundational technologies powering the modern Internet.

Harvey covered networking, Internet infrastructure and dot-com mania in the late 90s for Silicon Valley magazines like UPSIDE and Red Herring before joining Light Reading (for the first time) in late 2000.

After moving to the Republic of Texas, Harvey spent eight years as a contributing tech writer for D CEO magazine, producing columns about tech advances in everything from supercomputing to cellphone recycling.

Harvey is an avid photographer and camera collector – if you accept that compulsive shopping and "collecting" are the same.

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