Cisco vet to head mesh network provider Firetide
Wireless mesh network provider Firetide today named John McCool as its CEO. McCool comes to Firetide from Cisco, where he worked for 17 years. Most recently he was CTO and SVP of Cisco’s Global Enterprise Segment where he “led the “borderless networks initiative, which accounted for one-third of Cisco’s $46 billion sales in 2012,” according to a statement from Firetide.
“John understands how to build and scale a global business, and he brings a dynamic blend of management experience and technology depth. We are delighted to have John lead Firetide as we enter this period of expanding market opportunity and business growth,” Andy Ludwick, a Firetide board member, said in a prepared statement. Firetide is based in Los Gatos, California.
McCool will join the Firetide board of directors, which includes H. DuBose Montgomery, founder of Menlo Ventures; Duane Zitzner, former EVP of the Personal Systems Group at Hewlett Packard; Andy Ludwick, co-founder of SynOptics and former CEO of Bay Networks; Bo Hedfords, former EVP of Motorola and president of its global wireless infrastructure business; and Christopher Smith, director with Coral Group, a venture investment group.