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Microsoft's data center chief headed to Cisco

Debra Chrapaty, one of a relative handful of women in Microsoft's top technology ranks, is headed to Cisco, Microsoft confirmed late Monday.

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Debra Chrapaty, who has been leading Microsoft's data center charge, is reportedly heading to a product role at Cisco. Dan Farber

One of the top executives in charge of Microsoft's data center operations is leaving the company for a product role at Cisco, according to a report on All Things D.

Debra Chrapaty, who as vice president of global foundation services is among a small number of women in Microsoft's top technology ranks, is said to be taking a role at Cisco heading collaboration products, according to All Things D. A Microsoft representative declined comment, while Chrapaty and a Cisco representative were not immediately available for comment.

According to the leadership pages on Microsoft's corporate Web site, just 14 of the company's 131 top executives are women, including Chrapaty.

Before joining Microsoft, Chrapaty worked at ETrade, AllBusiness, and the National Basketball Association, where she served as chief technology officer.

Chrapaty was among the executives who spoke at Microsoft's recent financial analysts meeting.

There has been some changeover within the leadership in the data center unit of late. Microsoft nabbed a Yahoo executive, Dayne Sampson, back in March, while general manager Mike Manos left the company back in April to join Digital Realty Trust.

Update 4:05 p.m. PT: A Microsoft representative confirmed Chrapaty is leaving Microsoft for Cisco, but was not immediately able to provide further details.