Juniper's corporate strategy chief departs

Ex-Cisco cable guy Avila-Marco spending more time with family

Juniper Networks has lost another top executive: Luis Avila-Marco is now the former EVP of Strategy & Corporate Development at Juniper, having left the company two weeks ago to spend more time with family in the Atlanta area.

Avila-Marco's duties will be assumed by EVP, General Counsel and Secretary Mitchell Gaynor until a replacement is named. 

"We can confirm that Luis Avila-Marco has left Juniper Networks," a company spokesperson e-mailed to Network World. "Mitch Gaynor, Juniper's EVP General Counsel, is overseeing the Strategy and Corporate Development team until a permanent successor is named.  We wish Luis well in his future endeavors."

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Avila-Marco joined Juniper in 2008 after a 14-year career at Scientific-Atlanta, the cable set-top box company acquired by Cisco in 2005 for $7 billion. He adds another name to the list of high- to mid-level executives that have bolted Juniper in the past year-and-a-half.

Eighteen months ago, four EVPs departed as Juniper restructured operations a slashed 5.4% of its workforce. Former CEO Ken Johnson's retirement announcement and eventual exit at the end of 2013 saw another round of departures, with EVP Bob Muglia departing abruptly and CMO Lauren Flaherty fleeing to CA. EVP Gerri Elliott, another Microsoft alum like Muglia and Johnson, transitioned into retirement mode earlier this year and will leave after she completes a six-month stint as an advisor to new CEO Shaygan Kheradpir.

That's seven EVP departures in 18 months. If you're keeping score, one every 10 weeks.

Earlier this year, a handful of engineers jumped Juniper after reportedly having their Junos-based SDN work dissed in favor of acquired Contrail by Founder and CTO Pradeep Sindhu.

Other marketing and corporate communications personnel have left Juniper in recent months as well as the company fine tunes operations under Kheradpir's Integrated Operating Plan. Luanne Tierney, head of channel partner marketing, left last month as Juniper cut another 5% of its workforce.

Juniper had a solid first quarter, in which it beat Wall Street revenue estimates and grew switching 46%.

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