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Tony Li Returns to Cisco

Routing guru Tony Li has returned to Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO), the company has confirmed.

It's a homecoming for the software expert, who joined Cisco in 1991 and went through stints at Juniper Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: JNPR), and Procket Networks, leaving Procket early this year for semi-retirement. Having Li on the team is no small potatoes; in fact, his presence at Procket helped propel that company to stardom above a stack of failed router startups (see Procket Processes a Dream Team and Li Finally Quits Procket).

Rumors started to swirl late Tuesday on Light Reading's message boards. Li, previously a very prolific poster on the boards, had not been heard from in some time. Some readers speculated that a new contract with Cisco forbids him from posting on the boards.

Mike Volpi, senior vice president of Cisco's routing division, confirmed that Li is now a Cisco employee, but Volpi said he is not prohibited from posting to message boards. Li is forbidden from leaking confidential information, says Volpi.

Volpi explained it this way: "Tony's a very digital thinker. If you tell him not to talk about the things he's not supposed to talk about -- he stops talking. But that's a Tony issue, not a Cisco issue."

The hiring brings Li back to the company he left in dramatic fashion. The story goes that Li nailed his resignation to his boss's door; Li won't confirm details but admits it wasn't his best moment (see New Kid on the Cisco/Juniper Block and Tony Li).

On a side note, it turns out there are now two employees at Cisco named Tony Li. One can only speculate whether the "other" Tony Li has gotten a voicemail box full of misdirected messages from well-wishers.

— Craig Matsumoto, Senior Editor, Light Reading




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sigint 12/5/2012 | 12:59:32 AM
re: Tony Li Returns to Cisco The fact that somebody has time to (1) come up with such a rule, and (2) time to enforce it, is a definite sign that there's not enough work to do. Time for a layoff in HR.
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I concur. You could get rid of the entire HR department at Intel and not miss them. The only time they get active is when someone needs to be fired.
lightbay 12/5/2012 | 12:59:30 AM
re: Tony Li Returns to Cisco > You could get rid of the entire HR
> department at Intel and not
> miss them. The only time they get
> active is when someone needs to be fired.

A lot of crazy things at Intel were
proposed and decided by Andy Grove (another
example was everyone has to go to work by
8:30AM), the old man who rode the Pentium
wave to fame, and people used to worship ....
He was wrong in just about every decision
and when he took other people's proposal
(like develope Intel micro-processor),
he became famous.
pxf 12/5/2012 | 12:59:29 AM
re: Tony Li Returns to Cisco brahmos:

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my spies report he even has the old employee# back which is < 500. dont know if its normal for people returning to the Collective.
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Thats not unusual. From what I know even BCN guys got there old Cisco ID

pxf
lightbay 12/5/2012 | 12:59:28 AM
re: Tony Li Returns to Cisco =============================================
From what I hear, certain people here are
not all that happy with his return...fear
of displacement and being overshadowed
after all their years of hard work.
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Does he return to the Procket group ?
zingaro 12/5/2012 | 12:59:28 AM
re: Tony Li Returns to Cisco Li seems like a dog running back home with his tail between his legs.

From what I hear, certain people here are not all that happy with his return...fear of displacement and being overshadowed after all their years of hard work.
zingaro 12/5/2012 | 12:59:27 AM
re: Tony Li Returns to Cisco sorry...meant to say "people there"...I'm not an employee.
freetoair 12/5/2012 | 12:59:26 AM
re: Tony Li Returns to Cisco The simple reality is that:

1) Cisco did not want him working for a competitor - for good reason. As such I am sure he got a very lucrative deal - a can't say NO deal.

2) Given 1) Tony does not have much to lose - he can always quit :) and he most likely can work on anything he wants, does not have to take crap from anyone and work how he wants. Big place to get lost in -- or a lot of resources to use to get something done. Maybe he can light a spark - god knows they need it - has become another Nortel RTP or Richardson.

It is that simple.

Time for a more interesting thread.
dmw_qqqq 12/5/2012 | 12:59:19 AM
re: Tony Li Returns to Cisco Agreed...this topic is becoming real old, like Bill Parcells ( i am not too crazy about the Eagles , either :) )...time for a new one.

Tony is a great guy for sure, but he is getting more than he deserves.
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