Average tenure of a senior Cisco executive is 11.5 years

Out of 61 senior Cisco executives, how many do you think are CCIEs?

Had an interesting conversation earlier this week with a famous networking industry journalist and the subject of Cisco's senior executive team came up. Remarkably, we both were wondering aloud about what the average tenure would be of the 61 executives listed on Cisco's Mount Rushmore (i.e. Cisco's executive biographies web page). Obviously, my curiosity got the best of me and I'm proud to report that the average tenure of 59 of the 61 executives is 11.5 years, I omitted the years of Cisco service for both John Morgridge and Richard Justice because they are no longer full-time Cisco executives. Amazingly, only two CCIEs are members of Cisco's 59 strong senior executive team, Manny Rivelo - Senior Vice President of Cisco's Development Organization Operations and Gregory Akers - Senior Vice President of Cisco Research and Advanced Development. Furthermore, the Chairman and CEO of Cisco China - Jim Sherriff, left out of his biography the fact that he was CEO of Dallas based Stonebridge Technologies for a very short year. The longest tenure of a current senior Cisco executive is 20 years, held by Joel Bion - Senior Vice President of Cisco's Product Resiliency Research, who is responsible for Cisco's IOS Software. I find that fact interesting because Cisco is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, so it appears not too many senior executives are around from Cisco's early days.

What's your take, are you surprised that the average tenure of a senior Cisco executive is only 11.5 years? BradReese.Com Cisco Refurbished - Services that protect, maintain and optimize Cisco hardware Contact: Brad Reese | Twitter: http://twitter.com/BradReese

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