Cisco's CEO of 20 years is retiring, but his successor is cut from a similar cloth.
Chuck Robbins, Cisco's senior vice president of global field operations and a 17-year company veteran, was named Monday as the next CEO when Chambers becomes executive chairman on July 26.
Robbins, a trained mathematician, leads a sales force of 20,000 people in 87 countries, and in August pulled many of them to Las Vegas for a four-day event called Global Sales Experience.
"Chuck is going to be very aligned with John Chambers' strategy, and it is a sales-focused strategy," MKM Partners analyst Michael Genovese said on CNBC's "Power Lunch." Genovese has a "hold" rating on the stock.
There's no questioning Robbins' bullishness for Cisco, despite four years of slumping sales growth, including a drop in revenue the latest fiscal year.