Former Cisco VP Mike Volpi resurfaces

Mike Volpi, who left Cisco Systems Inc. in February, 2007, is now a partner with a Geneva-based venture capital firm.

Volpi had been senior vice-president in charge of the San Jose,Calif. network equipment manufacturer’s routing and service providertechnology group.

Index Ventures announced this week Volpi would join the firm, whichprovides financing to technology startup companies. After leavingCisco, Volpi was chief executive officer of Joost NV, a Dutch firm thatmakes software enabling users to watch videos over the Internet.

While at Cisco in 2004, Volpi presided over the rollout of the Carrier Routing System 1, which can, in theory, route traffic at up to 92 Terabits per second.

He was the first of three senior vice-presidents to leave the company in 18 months.

Charlie Giancarlo left in late 2007 as chief development officer,became interim CEO of Avaya Inc. and is now CEO of JDS Uniphase. ThenJayshree Ullal, who was Cisco’s senior VP of data centre, switching andservices, left to take the helm of Menlo Park, Calif-based AristaNetworks Inc.

Index Ventures was founded in 1996, provided funding for Skype, MySQL.

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