Cisco splits service provider group; hires Cozzolino

Fri, 09/06/2013 - 12:14pm
Brian Santo


Cisco has split its Service Provider Video Technology Group into two, with one operation handling largely software and the other mostly hardware.

The company hired Joe Cozzolino, until recently the SVP and general manager of Network Infrastructure at Arris, to head the hardware portion of its business, now called SP Video Infrastructure. This unit will be responsible for cable access, cable modems, video gateways and set-top boxes, and other video infrastructure hardware such as encoders/decoders.

Cozzolino, long an executive with Motorola, left Arris in April, as a consequence of the reorganization pursuant to Arris' acquisition of Motorola.

Jesper Andersen, who had been senior vice president and general manager of the entire service provider (SP) group, will now head the new SP Video Software & Solutions business, which encompasses Cisco’s content security, software & solutions – including Videoscape, conditional access, and services & delivery. The former NDS, one of the most significant of Cisco's recent acquisitions in the service provider business segment, will be part of this operation.

The announcement was made in a blog post by Marthin De Beer, senior vice president of Cisco's Video and Collaboration Group. De Beer said, “This new construct, with two business entities, will enable us to focus even more intently on our customers, as well as driving scale, execution, and growth.”


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