By Rivka Little, Senior News Writer
A top operations executive is leaving Juniper Networks — closely following the departure of the company’s COO in January.
Edward Minshull, Juniper’s executive vice president for worldwide field operations, resigned last week, giving five months notice, the San Jose Mercury News reported in a blog. Juniper officials confirmed Minshull’s departure today in an email to SearchITChannel.com, writing:
After more than 7 years of professional and personal contributions and commitments to the growth and success of Juniper, Eddie Minshull has made a personal decision to leave the company.
In his role as executive vice president of Worldwide Field Operations, Eddie has assembled a global team of seasoned sales leaders who continue each and every day to focus relentlessly on the company’s execution and leadership in high-performance networking. Eddie will continue to lead the Company’s Worldwide Field Operations organization through the third quarter, with his formal departure scheduled for September 30, 2008. We have initiated a search for his replacement and Eddie will actively participate in the search for his successor.
In January, former Juniper COO Stephen Elop left the company to go to Microsoft, sending Juniper’s stocks spiraling downward for a short period. Elop is now president of the Microsoft Business Division, where he oversees the Business Solutions Group and the Unified Communications Group.
It is not clear what Minshull’s next move will be.