Gerri Elliott, executive vice president, director of customers and partners at Cisco since 2018, is retiring, the company announced Monday evening.
She will be replaced by Jeff Sharritts, senior vice president for the Americas, who will join Cisco’s executive leadership team as executive vice president and chief customer and partner, effective May 1. said Cisco.
Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins said in a blog post Monday evening that Elliott (pictured above) and Sharritts will be working together over the next few months and that Cisco customers, partners and teams can s expect a smooth transition.
Since four years, [Elliott] led our sales and marketing team and was an incredible advocate for Cisco customers, partners, and teams, guiding them through some of the most complex times we’ve seen,” Robbins said in his blog. “We are grateful for everything Elliott has done to make Cisco a better place and the lasting impression she has left.”
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Elliott has an impressive resume working for some of the biggest leaders in the tech industry. She came to Cisco nearly four years ago from Juniper Networks, where she spent more than five years as executive vice president and strategic advisor to the company’s CEO. She held various positions during her tenure at Juniper, having also served as Chief Customer Officer and Director of Sales and Support Services for the company. Prior to joining Juniper Networks, Elliott served as vice president of the global public sector at Microsoft for more than seven years and at IBM, where she led the company’s North American distribution business.
Sharritts, for her part, started at Cisco more than 20 years ago as a partner account manager and has since held various positions within the company’s sales organization. In his current role, Sharritts leads teams in 17 countries and six theaters, including Service Provider, Canada, Latin America, US Commercial Sector, US Public Sector and Global Enterprise segment, according to Cisco.
Robbins said Sharritts and his team have spent the past two years leading Cisco’s transformation toward selling more software and subscriptions, a key business model shift for the San Jose, Calif.-based company. . Robbins added that “there’s nobody better” than Sharritts to fill Elliott’s shoes.
“I’m glad to see [Sharritts] step into this role because he is an exceptional leader. He has an amazing ability to balance the big picture with tremendous attention to detail. His love of technology and dedication to customers is evident in every interaction,” Robbins said. “He is both humble and confident, and he cares deeply about his team. He also believes in the power of technology and its role in making this world a better place.”
Cisco said it would seek a replacement for Sharritts’ role as senior vice president of the Americas. For now, however, Elliott and Sharritts will perform their current roles during the transition period.