Cisco: Wilburn to Succeed Departing Global Enterprise SVP McCool
Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) has confirmed reports that John McCool, the networking giant’s global enterprise segment senior vice president and chief technology officer (CTO), and a 17-year company veteran, is departing and will be replaced by Tom Wilburn, Cisco’s worldwide mobility sales vice president.
Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) has confirmed reports that John McCool, the networking giant’s global enterprise segment senior VP and CTO, and a 17-year company veteran, is departing and will be replaced by Tom Wilburn, Cisco’s worldwide mobility sales vice president.
Wilburn, who joined Cisco in 2005, commands a 30-year career in IT and is said to have extensive experience in mobility, switching and routing. His global mobility sales unit is responsible for nearly $2 billion in annual Cisco sales. The vendor also said that Scott Lovett, architecture sales vice president, will be promoted to security products sales head to handle that portion of McCool’s former duties.
In addition to handling mobile and networking equipment sales to corporations, McCool was responsible for Cisco’s Borderless Network Architecture, which as a sales unit accounts for about one third of the vendor’s $46 billion in revenue,
There was no word either from Cisco or McCool about why he left or where he might land. But Brent Bracelin, a Pacific Crest Securities analyst speculated in a Bloomberg report that McCool could resurface at a networking software startup. “Given all the innovation happening in networking these days, I’m sure there’s lots of opportunity for a person like John,” Bracelin said. “We’re seeing more departures like this from big incumbent technology companies.”
The recent list of Cisco execs leaving has grown in the past few months, and, while not a flood of exits, there are some top management departures of note from last summer, including Paul Mountford, who headed Cisco’s business-to-business global sales and Ned Hooper, who ran mergers and acquisitions.
McCool is credited with crafting Cisco’s sales blueprint for its enterprise routing, switching and security product lineup, transitioning from an engineering background as head of Cisco’s engineering operation to sales. He joined Cisco when it bought Granite Systems in 1996. Under McCool’s direction, the Catalyst switches business grew from $5 million to $1 billion. Before his tenure at Granite, McCool designed networking equipment for Steve Jobs’ NeXT Computer in the early 1990s.