Former Cisco global services head joins HERE as CEO


Former Cisco global services head Edzard Overbeek, who stepped down from his position when Chuck Robbins assumed the role of CEO but stayed on as an advisor for a period of time, has surfaced as the new CEO of HERE, a digital mapping company owned by BMW Mercedes-Benz and Audi.

Overbeek joins the company to further its efforts in designing self-driving cars, according to ET Telecom. He's also not the first of Cisco's ousted executives to show up in the software arm of the automobile industry. In December, former Cisco CTO Padmasree Warrior took on the role of CEO and head of software development at NextEV, an electric car company planning to go head-to-head against Tesla.

While at Cisco, Overbeek was senior vice president of services where he oversaw the global services organization. In his position, Overbeek ran a $12 billion organization that employed about 15,000 people.

Overbeek was one of several executives to be affected last year when John Chambers passed the torch to incoming CEO Robbins. Unlike many of his colleagues, though, Overbeek didn't leave Cisco on July 25 when Robbins took the reins. Instead, he stayed on – much like Warrior – in an advisory role.

The ET Telecom article indicated Overbeek left Cisco to join HERE. He's also simply the latest of those former Cisco executives to depart the networking and communications sector. Besides Warrior, former president Rob Lloyd left to join Elon Musk's Hyperloop and former public relations head John Earnhardt took a role at Visa shortly after the announcement of the CEO transition was made.

There are still executive changes happening at Cisco. Pankaj Patel, senior vice president and general manager for Cisco's service provider business, plans to step down later this year.

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