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It's Exclusive Internal Memo Time: Juniper's David Yen Heads to Cisco to Run Servers Business

According to an internal memo from Juniper Networks, which you can see below, one of its top tech execs, David Yen (pictured here), is departing immediately.

Sources said Yen is headed to Cisco to run its servers business, but the networking giant has not returned a request for comment.

Yen had most recently been EVP and GM of Juniper’s fabric and switching technologies unit. He joined Juniper in 2008 as EVP of emerging technologies.

But Yen was better known for his previous 20-year stint at Sun Microsystems. His last job there was running its chip division.

The impetus for Yen’s departure might have been the formation of the Platform Systems Group, run by Stefan Dyckerhoff, which is prominently mentioned in the memo from Juniper CEO Kevin Johnson. Dyckerhoff was elevated to the job in late January.

Sources said Yen did not get that job and was unhappy with the move.

But read into it yourself:

Team Juniper:

In February, we announced the evolution of our business groups to better position us to focus on two core business models: Systems and Software.

A key element of that strategy was the formation of the Platform Systems Group (PSG) under the leadership of Stefan Dyckerhoff. The mission of PSG is to optimize systems and silicon development across the full range of Junos-based platforms to accelerate our growth.

As part of the next phase of PSG’s growth, R.K. Anand, who leads QFabric development and our Data Center Business Unit (DCBU) and Alex Gray, who leads our Campus and Branch Business Unit (CBBU), will join PSG and report directly to Stefan. This move positions us to drive a fully integrated approach to our end-to-end systems strategy, as we continue to leverage the synergies across our breakthrough innovations in the core, the edge, the data center, and the campus and branch environment. Under Stefan’s leadership, PSG is now positioned to drive the go-to-market focus we have around domain-focused solutions that incorporate systems products from across PSG.

As part of this transition, David Yen is leaving Juniper effective immediately. David has a desire to return to his roots in servers that he gained during his nearly 20-year career at Sun Microsystems. We appreciate David’s contributions.

We are successfully accelerating momentum and adoption of our systems offerings. The response to both our QFabric data center architecture and to the Converged Supercore–two disruptive innovations unveiled in the quarter–has been overwhelmingly positive. These two offerings represent the best of Juniper innovation in systems, software and silicon.

As demonstrated by our strong performance over the past year, we continue to execute on our multi-year growth agenda, driven by our innovation roadmap. The new network is here, and we are delivering on our vision to capture the opportunity before us. Together with our partners, we will transform the economics and experience of networking for our customers.

Thank you for your hard work and dedication. I look forward sharing in Juniper’s continued success with you.


Kevin Johnson

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