San Jose – Cisco (CSCO: NASDAQ) will have to move forward in the “Internet of Things” without division vice president and general manager Guido Jouret. Jouret, who has been with the company since 1994, is leaving for a yet to be named opportunity.

A spokesperson from Cisco stated this to Business Insider “Cisco can confirm that Guido Jouret, previously VP/General Manager of Cisco’s Internet of Things (IoT) business unit, is leaving Cisco to pursue a new opportunity. Cisco Senior Vice President Rob Soderbery, who oversees Cisco’s enterprise networking and IoT groups, will assume direct leadership of the group.”

His LinkedIn page says he is “Responsible for vertical solutions, product management, and engineering for Cisco’s fast-growing Internet of Things (IoT) Group. One of the company’s top priorities, the Internet of Things is the extension of Internet technologies to devices in industrial markets (Utilities, Manufacturing, Oil & Gas, Transportation, etc.).”

Jouret has spearheaded his division in the past year to become a champion in connecting devices to networks. Jouret has risen through the ranks of the company from an IT director to become responsible for the development of various network-connected devices like cameras, routers and sensors.

The move does come as a surprise as the rise of start-ups around the globe and tech giants are purchasing Internet connected companies. The high profile departure from Cisco could utilize Jourets leave and give a renewed focus to the IoT division.

Cisco, famous for designing and selling networking equipment is relying on the IoT to be a focal point in the coming years. “Internet of things ” or “IoT” is the network of physical devices connected to the Internet. If more devices are connecting to the Internet, an infrastructure will be needed to network the heavy traffic. Cisco hopes to be that infrastructure for all things connected when IoT takes off.

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