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Cisco executive Todd Nightingale to take over as CEO of Fastly

Cisco executive Todd Nightingale, who leads the company’s enterprise networking and cloud division, will step down next month to become CEO of cloud edge company Fastly.

Nightingale plans to start his new job with Fastly Seven. 1, leaving Cisco after nearly 10 years.

“I was honored to be part of such a passionate and caring organization,” Rossignol tweeted this week. “Being part of Cisco and Meraki over the past decade has been a privilege for which I will be forever grateful.”

Nightingale started working for Cisco when it bought cloud networking company Meraki in late 2012 for $1.2 billion. For eight years, he served as Vice President and General Manager of the Meraki Division. He was an executive and engineer at network security company AirDefense prior to his tenure at Meraki.

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During his time at Meraki, Nightingale enhanced the company’s reputation by simplifying network management for IT administrators, said IDC analyst Rohit Mehra.

“Meraki has not only done a great job for Cisco, but for many industry players, it has set the benchmark for managed networking in the cloud,” Mehra said.

When Cisco executive David Goeckeler left in March 2020, Nightingale took charge of the company’s new enterprise networking and cloud computing group. In that capacity, he led Cisco’s efforts to integrate Meraki’s management capabilities into its campus networking product portfolio, Mehra said.

Nightingale’s work led to the addition of Cisco’s Catalyst campus switches to Meraki’s management platform. The recent integration, which allows administrators to monitor and troubleshoot networks from the cloud, has been praised by IT professionals.

Nightingale helped Cisco take this important step in network management, said Enterprise Strategy Group analyst Bob Laliberte. “He moved a lot of mountains within Cisco to bring these groups together.”

Although Nightingale’s departure is a loss, Cisco has a strong talent pool that will allow it to continue integrating its hardware with Meraki, Mehra said.

“This is an opportunity for a number of Cisco product and business leaders to rise to the occasion,” he said.

Cisco will merge the Nightingale department with its large-scale infrastructure division, the company announced. Jonathan Davidson, currently executive vice president of this group, will lead the combined unit.

“We are grateful for Todd’s many contributions and congratulate him as he pursues a new opportunity as CEO of another company in an adjacent market,” a Cisco spokesperson said.

Nightingale will replace Joshua Bixby as CEO of Fastly. Bixby will step down as CEO and the company’s board of directors, but will continue to serve as an advisor. Fastly’s software platform delivers content from the cloud.

“Todd is a proven and passionate technology leader, and we are thrilled to have him join our team,” Fastly board member David Hornik said in a statement.

In a statement, Nightingale praised Fastly’s technology and thanked the company for choosing him as CEO.

“Fastly delivers unparalleled app experiences to users around the world, with exceptional flexibility, security, and performance,” Nightingale said. “I am honored and grateful to have the opportunity to be part of the Fastly team.”

Enterprise Strategy Group is a division of TechTarget.

Mike Gleason is a journalist specializing in unified communications and collaboration tools. He previously covered communities in the MetroWest region of Massachusetts for the Milford Daily News, Walpole time, Sharon’s lawyer and Medfield Press. He has also worked for newspapers in central Massachusetts and southwestern Vermont and served as local editor of Patch. He can be found on Twitter at @MGleason_TT.

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