Optical/IP Networks

Cisco Caught Cloning

A striking similarity between Carl Russo, a Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) top gun, and Mark Cree, now leading Cisco's charge into the hottest technology market this year – storage networking – has been brought to light by an in-depth Light Reading investigation.

Cree and Russo It raises serious questions concerning possible cloning of successful executives at the networking equipment giant. "I'm just waiting for a Chambers look-alike to turn up before I blow the whistle," says a top industry analyst, who requested anonymity.

Some analysts pooh-pooh the idea, putting forward a lower-tech explanation: "Have you noticed that they are never seen together? There's a simple reason for that," says another anonymous source. "I think it's all part of Cisco's cost-cutting efforts. What's the betting that other new ventures from Cisco will be led by folk looking just like Russo?"

Cisco couldn't be reached for comment at press time (must be something wrong with the phone lines).

These disturbing developments came to light while Light Reading was preparing the latest edition of its The Top Ten Movers and Shakers in Optical Networking – the result of eight month's intensive investigations, published today. Further details of the Russo-Cree conundrum, together with insights into other industry enigmas, are contained in new sections of the listing, including Close but No Cigar and Where are They Now?.

— Peter Heywood and Stephen Saunders, Founding Editors, Light Reading
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stuartb 12/4/2012 | 8:20:52 PM
re: Cisco Caught Cloning Doesn't quite match up with the assaulted mascot article from last year though. You guys need to dig a little deeper.

trgarn 12/4/2012 | 8:20:51 PM
re: Cisco Caught Cloning are they co-workers and CO-members, but also CO-Founders of the Hair Club for men.
noitall 12/4/2012 | 8:20:51 PM
re: Cisco Caught Cloning on this stupid article re: cisco lookalikes. pretty weak.
bluey 12/4/2012 | 8:20:51 PM
re: Cisco Caught Cloning Yet again, ANOTHER unwarranted slam against CSCO. I guess you guys at LightReading must be short on their stock. When will I ever see a fair, balanced, honest report on this, my favorite company??? I guess they aren't paying you guys enough in advertising fees so you decide to smash their stock with this scurrilous reporting.

Well not for long! I'm gonna forward this article to the *SEC*!! AND their VP of Investor Relations. AND their CFO! We'll see who gets the last laugh.
drone387 12/4/2012 | 8:20:50 PM
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jimbo59 12/4/2012 | 8:20:50 PM
re: Cisco Caught Cloning rafaelg wrote:
> Doesn't hurt to have a giggle this days...

it's not true?! ;->
rafaelg 12/4/2012 | 8:20:50 PM
re: Cisco Caught Cloning Doesn't hurt to have a giggle this days...
normandy0 12/4/2012 | 8:20:48 PM
re: Cisco Caught Cloning Should check with Prof. Schwarzenegger about this !!
byteme 12/4/2012 | 8:20:42 PM
re: Cisco Caught Cloning What are you two up to eh - let's hope Mark Cree has a sense of humor, otherwise I'm really screwed now
sivaa10 12/4/2012 | 8:20:41 PM
re: Cisco Caught Cloning BLAH BLAH BLAH--- CISCO --- BLAH BLAH BLAH
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