Thursday, July 07, 2005

Cisco Promotes Giancarlo To Top Technology Spot

Paul Kapustka writes in Advanced IP Pipeline:

He may not officially be the heir apparent to John Chambers, but Cisco Systems exec Charlie Giancarlo got a boost in that direction when the networking giant named him as its Chief Development Officer in a round of promotions and reorganizations Thursday.

Giancarlo, formerly Cisco's Chief Technology Officer, takes over the spot held by longtime Cisco exec Mario Mazzola, who is retiring. In the biography of Mazzola on the Cisco Web site, the CDO job is said to be responsible for "leading Cisco's overall R&D strategy and managing Cisco's entire engineering organization," among other tasks.

In his new role, Giancarlo will report directly to Cisco president and CEO Chambers, and be in charge of the company's overall technology direction. He will also retain the role of president of Cisco's Linksys division, which makes wired and wireless routers for the home market. The new role for Giancarlo, Cisco said in a statement, becomes effective July 31.


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