Giancarlo vs. Chambers: Former number two at Cisco becomes number one at competitor Avaya

Avaya vs. Cisco - Giancarlo vs. Chambers
Although the official June 9th, 2008 Avaya press release emphatically states: "Giancarlo will assume the Avaya CEO and President role full time and will remain in that role until a successor is named." Yours truly isn't buying it! It is my personal opinion that Charles Giancarlo - Avaya President and CEO, will become permanent. Besides John Chambers, who else had a bigger impact at Cisco than Charles Giancarlo?

Charles Giancarlo
Charles Giancarlo has over 25 years of experience in the communications industry. A senior executive at Cisco Systems from 1994-2007, he most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer of Cisco and President of Cisco-Linksys, leading the company’s overall product development and management activities.

As Chief Development Officer, Giancarlo directed the activities of half of Cisco’s employees, and was directly responsible for Cisco’s expansion into a large number of new markets and technologies. His first position at Cisco was Vice President of Business Development, where he developed Cisco’s merger and acquisition strategy and practice. Giancarlo joined Cisco when the company acquired Kalpana, Inc., the pioneer in Ethernet switching, where he was Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Development. Prior to joining Cisco, he founded four communications equipment companies and successfully sold two of them to larger companies. Giancarlo holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Brown University, an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and an M.B.A. from Harvard University.

Who else would have a better shot at success leading Avaya than Charles Giancarlo?

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