General Motors Corp will be replaced by Cisco Systems Inc in the Dow Jones Industrial Average <.DJI> and Citigroup Inc will be replaced by Travelers Companies Inc , Dow Jones Indexes said on Monday.

The parlous state of GM has left us with no choice but to remove it from The Dow. A bankruptcy filing immediately disqualifies a stock regardless of a company's history or its role as a cultural icon, said Robert Thomson, managing editor of The Wall Street Journal and editor-in-chief for all of Dow Jones in a press release.

(Reporting by Leah Schnurr; Editing by Theodore d'Afflisio)