Four-year switch: Two Cisco veeps pack bags and go for a wander

Service Provider gros fromage and marketer leave biz

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A former Brocade marketer turned Cisco veep is leaving the networking kinpin, along with another veep who ran the service provider division.

The two senior bods - Christine Heckart and Yvette Kanouff - are both set to be replaced, according to the firm.

Kanouff, general manager of the Service Provider Business, told employees she is quitting to move to a startup-focused venture that nurtures "new industries and technologies", as Light Reading reported. In an email obtained by the website, sent to folk in her business division, Kanouff described the move as "certainly a bit scary".

A four-year veteran of Cisco, Kanouff will be replaced by Jonathan Davidson, top veep of the Service Provider Networking business unit.

Cisco's Service Provider business segment recorded a revenue slump of 4 per cent in the first quarter of this fiscal year. Cisco initially paid private equity house Permira $5bn to buy its video software business, flogging it back for $1bn six years later. Ouch.

Heckart is reported to be leaving at the same time as Kanouff. She joined in December last year having been an exec veep of marketing at Brocade. Cisco's corporate page about her gave no hint she had quit and the company had not responded to a request for comment from The Register at the time of publication.

She is said by Cisco to be "known for her strategic vision and ability to uncover a company's higher purpose and translate that into a business strategy". Wasn't Cisco chastised some time ago for its use of corporate bollocks? ®


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