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Cisco Names CTO

Network equipment giant Cisco Systems has named Charles Giancarlo as CTO.

Most recently, Giancarlo served as senior vice president and general manager of product development for Cisco, as well as president of the company's Linksys unit. He joined the company in December 1994 through the acquisition of Kalpana.

As CTO, Giancarlo will be responsible for contributing to and communicating Cisco's technology strategy. In addition, he'll oversee the Global Government Solutions Group and keep managing Linksys and Cisco's voice business.

Giancarlo will report to Chambers and continue to work closely with Mario Mazzola, senior vice president and chief development officer.

"We continue to strengthen the technology team and promote our next generation of leaders under Mario's direction," John Chambers, Cisco's president and CEO, said in a statement. "We are especially proud of our deep bench strength within the technology organization."

Cisco also announced several other changes in its technology group.

Senior Vice President Jayshree Ullal will lead the newly formed security technology group; Luca Cafiero, a senior vice president, will lead the Data Center, Storage, Switching and Wireless Technology Group; Tony Bates will have sole control over the Carrier Core Multiservice Business unit; Kathy Hill, vice president and general manager, will lead the Midrange and Stackable Switching Technology Group; and Kambiz Hooshmand, vice president and general manager, will take over the Optical and Broadband Transport Group.