Robbins has also been elected to the company’s board of directors, effective the beginning of this month.
John Chambers will assume the role of executive chairman on July 25 and continue to serve as the chairman of Cisco’s board.
Commenting on Robbins’ appointment, Chambers said: “This is the perfect time for Chuck Robbins to become Cisco’s next CEO. We’ve selected a very strong leader at a time when Cisco is in a very strong position.
“Today’s pace of change is exponential. Every company, city and country is becoming digital, navigating disruptive markets, and Cisco’s role in the digital transformation has never been more important. Our next CEO needs to thrive in a highly dynamic environment, to be capable of accelerating what is working very well for Cisco, and disrupting what needs to change. Chuck is unique in his ability to translate vision and strategy into world-class execution, bringing together teams and ecosystems to drive results. Chuck knows every Cisco segment, technology area, and geography, and will move the company forward with the speed required to capitalize on the opportunities in front of us. He is a champion of the Cisco culture and has an incredible ability to inspire, energise, and connect with employees, partners, customers and global leaders. Chuck’s vision, strategy and execution track record is exactly what Cisco needs as we enter our next chapter, which I am confident will be even more impactful and exciting than our last.”
Robbins joined Cisco in 1997 and was most recently its senior VP of worldwide operations.