Robbins was born at DeKalb General Hospital and lived in Grayson and Snellville until he was 13, when he moved to North Carolina, according to Cisco.
Robbins did two tours with Cisco in metro Atlanta, once from 2002 to 2008 and again in 2011 to 2012.He serves on the Georgia Tech Advisory Board for the institute’s president, according to the company.
In a statement, Robbins said he is “focused on accelerating the innovation and execution that our customers need from us. Their success will continue to drive us. At a time when our industry is on the cusp of more disruption than we’ve ever encountered, I couldn’t be more confident in our ability to win, or more honored to lead this great company.”
One of Cisco’s smaller but fast-growing rivals is another metro Atlanta company, Suwanee-based Arris Group, which has become a major maker of set-top boxes and other equipment for TV, voice and broadband connections.