Cisco restructures engineering around cloud and IoT as service provider chief Ahuja departs

Cisco, the No. 2 cable network vendor, has announced a major restructuring to its engineering unit under CEO Chuck Robbins.

With the re-org, the company's engineering efforts will be divided into distinct departments: network, cloud services and platforms, security, and applications and IoT.

Kelly Ahuja, an 18-year company veteran who was leading Cisco's service provider business, will leave the company. 

Former Cablevision (NYSE: CVC) executive Yvette Kanouff will take over as Cisco's service-provider shot caller, leading it through the newly formed network unit. All of engineering will continue to report to Pankaj Patel, who was put in place two years ago by former CEO John Chambers. Patel announced earlier that he's leaving the company in the second half of this year.  

Kanouff joined the company in 2014 as senior VP of cloud solutions. Also under the re-org, David Goeckeler will continue to lead the company's security business, but will now report directly to Robbins.

Rowan Trollope will continue to lead applications and IoT and report directly to Robbins, as well. 

And recent Robbins hire Zorawar Biri Singh, a former HP exec, will lead the newly formed cloud services and platforms unit.

According to an SNL Kagan report released just yesterday, Cisco controls 26 percent of sales to the cable industry of network gear and software. But the company's service provider business hasn't performed well for several years. 

In his post for 10 months now, Robbins has already taken a number of steps to turn that around. Last year, for instance, he sold the company's set-top business to Technicolor for $600 million. This came 10 years after Chambers paid $6.9 billion to get Cisco into the STB business with the purchase of Scientific Atlantic. 

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