Juniper Networks sees another top exec leave

That makes four, as Dyckerhoff is replaced by Rahim in Juniper Platform Systems Division

A management shake-up at Juniper Networks continues, as Stefan Dyckerhoff has been replaced as executive vice president of Juniper’s Platform Systems Division by Rami Rahim, who currently leads the company’s edge and aggregation routing business unit.

The change is effective Nov. 1, with Dyckerhoff “fulfilling a personal aspiration to become a venture capitalist” and becoming a consultant to CEO Kevin Johnson, Juniper said in a statement.

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Dyckerhoff’s move comes as Juniper undergoes a restructuring of operations underscored by a 5.4% workforce reduction and the removal of some top managers, all executive vice presidents. RK Anand, who had been the 12th employee hired by Juniper in 1997 and its key engineer on early silicon and software development, left the company after relinquishing his leadership of   Juniper’s Data Center Business Unit. Anand had also very briefly been a consultant to CEO Johnson before leaving the company to fund a biological research company, according to sources.

CRN reports that EVPs Mark Bauhaus and John Morris, responsible for services and support, and strategic alliances respectively, have also been shown the door.

Juniper has been struggling to gain traction in markets like data center switching and for growth in its security portfolio. Though company officials say otherwise, its much promoted QFabric data center switching platform has disappointed, gathering only 200 customers in the same two-year timeframe that rival Brocade landed 700 with its competing VDX fabric switch.

Juniper, however, just reported third quarter results that beat Wall Street estimates even though profit was down 21% from last year.

There are reports that Juniper may be preparing to be acquired given its product challenges and lack of execution.

As executive vice president of the Platform Systems Division, Rahim will be responsible for driving strategy, development and business growth for Juniper's portfolio of routing, switching and fabric systems. Rahim is a 15-year veteran of the company and Juniper hopes his success in the company’s routing business carries over into its switching business.

"Rami has been with Juniper since its earliest days and is a key architect of Juniper's successful routing business,” CEO Johnson said in a statement. “His proven expertise in stewarding the development of our innovative portfolio ensures our continued leadership in routing and switching."

Dyckerhoff will consult on technology direction, the Juniper statement said.

Jim Duffy has been covering technology for over 25 years, 21 at Network World. He also writes The Cisco Connection blog and can be reached on Twitter @Jim_Duffy (https://twitter.com/Jim_Duffy).

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