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Cisco denies MPLS may leave

Strongly refutes speculation star engineers might depart this year after initially declining comment

Cisco says reports that its star spin-in engineers – Mario Mazzola, Prem Jain, Luca Cafiero and Soni Jiandani, aka “MPLS” – may leave the company this year are untrue. Speculation arose last week during Cisco’s top level management makeover that some or all of MPLS might leave after the departure of CEO John Chambers, and certain vesting and bonus milestones are reached in September.

Cisco at first had no comment on the future of MPLS at Cisco while noting that incentives tied to their most recent spin-in, Insieme Networks, run through Cisco’s fiscal year 2017, which ends in July 2016. Once that response was published, Cisco followed up with a sterner denial in an e-mailed statement:

This is absolutely untrue. This kind of unsubstantiated rumor is a very injurious to Cisco. It erodes confidence at every level with our key stakeholders: customers, investors, partners, etc. … They have no intention of leaving. It’s one thing if employees are guessing – but there is no truth to it.

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