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More notable Cisco departures

Enterprise routing, IWAN groups see a couple top people leave

Some more notable officials left Cisco in September in addition to the two or three we previously reported on. The departures come as Cisco, as promised, lops 6,000 positions and streamlines for efficiency.

Mark Lohmeyer, vice president of enterprise routing, has gone to new networking rival VMware. And Vijay Sagar, director of product management for Cisco IWAN -- Intelligent WAN --  left last month to go to startup CloudGenix, sources say, which is developing a software-defined enterprise WAN (SDEwan) designed for hybrid clouds and a mobile workforce.

The CloudGenix platform is based on a business policy framework with cloud-based control, designed to automate the rollout of cloud-based applications to remote offices while maintaining regulatory and business practice compliance.

Cisco confirmed both departures but really didn’t have to: Lohmeyer’s LinkedIn profile states his title as vice president of product management and marketing for vSphere at VMware. And Sagar’s LinkedIn profile lists his current occupation as “Redoing the kitchen before my exciting new gig!” His Cisco gig is listed as a past occupation but he did not respond to an inquiry on whether CloudGenix is his new one.

Lohmeyer’s been replaced by Cisco Vice President Chris Spain. He joins Cisco departee Dom Delfino, who is now VMware’s vice president of worldwide systems engineering. Delfino had been Cisco’s vice president of systems engineering for data center and virtualization.

In the rumor and speculation department, meanwhile, sources say Sujai Hajela, senior vice president of Cisco’s Enterprise Networking Group, will soon leave Cisco for parts unknown. He’ll be replaced by Jeff Reed, vice president of Software Defined Networking at Cisco.

Cisco characterized our rumor and speculation as just that: rumor and speculation. Hajela and Reed could not be reached for comment by posting time.

Hajela and Lohmeyer were supposed to speak at this week’s Interop New York exhibition but were replaced by Spain.

Cisco isn't the only company VMware's been poaching from. The server and network virtualization company recently landed Big Switch Networks co-founder and ex-CEO Guido Appenzeller as its new networking CTO, replacing Martin Casado, who was elevated to senior vice president of VMware’s network and security business unit.

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