Another key exec leaves Cisco

Chrapaty goes to Zynga as CIO; trend of exec exodus continues as company looks to narrow focus, reverse missteps

Cisco lost another high-profile executive this week, according to this post on CRN. Debra Chrapaty, head of Cisco's Collaboration Software Group, left the company become CIO of Zynga, the developer of popular Facebook games such as FarmVille and Mafia Wars.

Chrapaty leaves Cisco as the company is about to embark on significant operational changes wrought by consecutive quarters of disappointing financial results and forecasts. CEO John Chambers said Cisco plans to cut expenses in half, narrow its product development and investment focus, and streamline its management and decision making structure.

Chrapaty's departure also continues a trend at Cisco of key executives leaving the company for various reasons. Consumer chief Jonathan Kaplan left after Cisco announced a disappointing second quarter in which sales of its consumer products were down 15%. Tony Bates, senior vice president and general manager of Cisco's Enterprise, Commercial and Small Business Division, left to become CEO of Skype.

Luanne Tierney jumped to Juniper to head global partner marketing, a position she had held at Cisco. And Susan Bostrom, Cisco chief marketing officer, left the company to pursue unspecified professional opportunities.

Chrapaty had come to Cisco from Microsoft in 2009. At Microsoft, she was corporate vice president of Global Foundation Services, in charge of infrastructure and services elements for Microsoft Live, and cloud and online services.

She replaced Doug Dennerline at Cisco, who had left the company to become executive vice president of sales, Americas, for

We are still awaiting word from Cisco on Chrapaty's replacement as head of the Collaboration Software Group.

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