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Cisco Marketing and Communications organisation downsizes workforce

Sources say networking giant has cut 120 jobs under-the-radar in November

Cisco has laid off about 120 people from its Global Marketing and Corporate Communications organisation.
Cisco has laid off about 120 people from its Global Marketing and Corporate Communications organisation.

Cisco Systems has carried out an under-the-radar round of job cuts in November, laying off about 120 employees from its Global Marketing and Corporate Communications organisation, including several senior-level staff members, sources familiar with the situation have told ITP.net.

According to sources close to the matter, the latest round of layoffs has hit Cisco's Middle East, Africa and Turkey marketing and corporate communications team.

The sources did confirm that after a recent restructuring, Cisco's field and product marketing teams are now reporting to the company's chief marketing officer Karen Walker. The recent layoffs are part of Walker's effort to consolidate the existing organisation, they added.

Several Cisco veterans in the Global Marketing and Corporate Communications organisation have been let go, said the sources.

The networking giant has seen several executive exits recently, beginning soon after it revealed in May that worldwide sales chief Chuck Robbins would be taking over as CEO when John Chambers stepped down in July 2016. Robbins appointed a new leadership team in June and said he planned to reshape Cisco into a flatter, faster-moving organisation.

Bruce Klein, former Cisco channel chief, left the company in July and was replaced by 15-year Cisco veteran Wendy Bahr.

Since then, Cisco has seen a number of channel executives depart amid a global plan to downsize its workforce.