Cisco names Symantec's Trollope to head its collaboration business

SaaS veteran will head TelePresence, UC Manager and WebEx portfolios

Cisco (Nasdaq: CSCO) has named Rowan Trollope to head its collaboration business, which includes the company's TelePresence, Unified Communications Manager and WebEx portfolios. He joins Cisco from security firm Symantec (Nasdaq: SYMC), where he headed its cloud-based business unit.

"Rowan brings to Cisco an excellent track record in the software-as-a-service (SaaS) market; vital experience of end-user product development expertise, and a proven background in security and category leadership," wrote Marthin De Beer, senior vice president for Cisco's video and collaboration group.

Trollope replaces O. J. Winge, who is leaving Cisco for "personal reasons," De Beer related.

Henry Dewing, principal analyst for infrastructure and operations at Forrester Research, predicts Trollope will focus Cisco's collaboration business on the user, the cloud and growth.

Dewing noted that Trollope "cut his teeth" making Norton's security products relevant to end users, expanded Symantec's cloud offerings to include most of its enterprise technology portfolio and took new ideas from inception to business viability in various markets.

"These capabilities clearly demonstrate that Rowan is poised to help Cisco shore up and expand its collaboration footprint. Delivering profitable, user-centric, cloud-based collaboration capabilities to market is important, so Rowan's challenge will be using his strengths to complement the networking-hardware-focused culture of Cisco," Dewing wrote in a blog.

For more:
- check out De Beer's blog
- read Dewing's blog

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