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Warrior for CTO?

11:10 AM -- Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) chief technology officer Padmasree Warrior is on the very shortlist for president-elect Barrack Obama's CTO position, BusinessWeek is reporting.

It's apparently down to her and Vivek Kundra, who's the CTO of Washington, D.C.

Being called away to Washington could put a real damper on Warrior's planned keynote at VoiceCon. More interestingly, it would give Cisco CEO John Chambers -- who already has the ears of many world leaders -- an "in" with the Obama administration.

Warrior is Cisco's fourth CTO since 1990 and got plucked from Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) a little more than a year ago. (See Cisco's New CTO and Cisco's CTO Train.)

— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading

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