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Cisco Picks New Marketing Exec

Cisco Systems Inc.'s (Nasdaq: CSCO) service provider unit has a new top marketing guy, and its service provider boss has cooled talks with Redback, Light Reading has learned.

Sameer Padhye is now the vice president of marketing for Cisco's service provider line of business, replacing Larry Lang, who formerly held that role. Lang is out on family leave and expects to return to work in a few weeks, according to a Cisco spokesperson.

Cisco is mum on what Lang's new job will be when he gets back.

Padhye's former role was as vice president of Cisco's service provider business in Europe, Middle East, and Africa.

This movement in Cisco's service provider unit comes at a time when speculation is running rampant about the future of Kevin Kennedy, executive vice president of Cisco's service provider unit.

Light Reading recently reported that Kennedy was negotiating for the top spot at Redback Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: RBAK) and that his relationship with Cisco CEO John Chambers had seen better days (see Cisco's Kennedy Ready to Leave? and Cisco's Kennedy: Recruiter's Dream?).

A source familiar with the situation has confirmed that Kennedy considered the Redback job -- or at least went far enough along to do some due diligence on the company. However, talks have cooled, says the source.

"Things either broke down because of employment terms or because all the [press] leaks caused him some embarrassment," the source says. [Ed. note: Sorry!] Redback Chairman Pierre Lamond is said to be looking at other candidates.

Kennedy is out sick today and could not be reached for comment.

- Phil Harvey, Senior Editor, Light Reading
easycookie 12/4/2012 | 8:00:47 PM
re: Cisco Picks New Marketing Exec Lightreading:

You are converting this site to a soap forum. With statements like "kennedy is sick today" you do too much personality chasing!
read-it-lightly 12/4/2012 | 8:00:04 PM
re: Cisco Picks New Marketing Exec LightReading is meant to be a professional site.. what's it doing writing rumors about personal things? Working in a job is a professional activity, searching for one is not. How would the editors like their personal stuff to be all over the web? And them simply say "Sorry" to get away?!!
HarveyMudd 12/4/2012 | 7:58:47 PM
re: Cisco Picks New Marketing Exec Reporting about the departure of a high level personnel is a legitimate reporting activity.

Cisco has in many instances have given 4-5 promotions in 2 years regardless of their maturity and experience level. It takes many years for anyone to mature at a particular job level but not so at Cisco.

A public company cannot be run like a household. There has to be accotability and superior performance.
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