John T. Chambers joined Cisco in 1991 as Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Operations. He became President and CEO in 1995 and Chamber of the Board in 2006. He served these positions until 2015. Prior to joining Cisco, he spent eight years at Wang Laboratories and six years with IBM.
John focuses on country digitization, building relationships with the government, business leaders, shareholders, and board members. He is an advisor to CEO, Chuck Robbins, on the Cisco’s strategy, digital transformation, security and strategic partnerships. For his work, Chambers received the 2012 Bower Award for Business Leadership from the Franklin Institute, Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People,” “Best Boss in America” by 20/20, one of BusinessWeek’s “Top 25 Executives Worldwide,” “CEO of the Year” by Chief Executive Magazine, the Business Council’s “Award for Corporate Leadership,” and “Best Investor Relations by a CEO” from Investor Relations Magazine.
He has served two American presidents, most recently as Vice Chairman of President George W. Bush National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC). He also served on President Bill Clinton’s Trade Policy Committee receiving the first-ever Clinton Global Citizen Award along with the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship. In addition, Chambers has been widely recognized for his and Cisco’s philanthropic leadership, including receiving the U.S. State Department’s top corporate social responsibility award (ACE) twice, from both Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2010 and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in 2005.