NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Cisco (CSCO) shares fell prior to the market opening on Monday after the company announced Chuck Robbins would replace John Chambers as CEO, effective July 26, with Chambers set to become Executive Chairman.
Chambers' departure had been expected for some time, partially due to the company's problems in China, as well as a changing IT environment in which Cisco has been growing slower than some of its competitors.
Robbins, who was elected to Cisco's board on Friday, joined the company in 1997 and was most recently its senior vice president of worldwide operations. He was responsible for the company's strategy in the enterprise business segment, and helped spearhead the Sourcefire and Meraki acquisitions.
"I joined Cisco 17 years ago because I wanted to be a part of a company where I believed the possibilities were limitless. Today, I am even more convinced that Cisco is that company," Robbins said in the press release. "Over the past 20 years, John Chambers' vision and leadership have built Cisco into one of the most important companies in the world; a company fiercely committed to delivering for its customers, shareholders, partners, and employees. The opportunity that lies ahead for Cisco is enormous, and the ability to lead this next chapter is deeply humbling and incredibly exhilarating. I am focused on accelerating the innovation and execution that our customers need from us. Their success will continue to drive us. At a time when our industry is on the cusp of more disruption than we've ever encountered, I couldn't be more confident in our ability to win, or more honored to lead this great company."