Juniper appoints Microsoft veteran as CEO

Incumbent CEO Kriens to remain as chairman

Longtime Microsoft executive Kevin Johnson has been appointed as CEO of Juniper Networks. He starts in September.

Current Juniper CEO and board chairman Scott Kriens will remain active as board chairman.

"We are very excited to welcome Kevin as our new CEO," said Kriens, who has been at Juniper 12 years, since the company was started.

Johnson was at Microsoft for 16 years and most recently was president of the platforms and services division, overseeing 14,000 workers as well as products such as Windows Vista, Windows Live and web search.

Johnson, 47, previously was the group vice president of Microsoft worldwide sales, marketing and services. Before coming to Microsoft, he worked in IBM's systems integration and consulting business after starting his career as a software developer.

Zeus Kerravala, an analyst at Yankee Group, says Kriens has done a great job as CEO, but in order for the company to grow, it will need to merge and acquire other companies. "Kevin Johnson's experience at Microsoft will be a nice fit to take Juniper to the next level," Kerravala says.

Juniper faces many market obstacles that have led to the demise of some smaller networking vendors, Kerravala says. He notes, however, that Juniper has earned its reputation for building great routers and that it also has high quality security products due to its acquisition of NetScreen Technologies.

"It's not fair to say Juniper is a one trick pony, but they are really not more than a two trick pony" at this point, Kerravala says.

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