San Jose, Calif. -- Cisco Systems, the San Jose-based networking equipment giant, said on Tuesday the role of executive Padmasree Warrior to chief technology and strategy officer. Warrior, who joined Cisco in 2007, most recently had served as the company's CTO and senior vice president of engineering. In her new role, she will inherit many of the responsibilities of Ned Hooper, who is stepping down as chief strategy officer to "form an independent investment partnership company and to pursue his goal to be a principal investor." "Padma will work closely with Cisco’s engineering, field, operations and services leadership, and will define strategy, investments, acquisitions and the evolution of Cisco's technology partner ecosystem," CEO John Chambers and COO Gary Moore wrote in a company blog post. "Additionally, Padma will be responsible for thought leadership around Cisco's products and architectures, technical talent development and recruiting, and she will increase her time with external stakeholders."