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Bridge Award Profiles : John T. Chambers
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National Bridge Awards

2015 Richard A. Gonzalez

2014 Jonas Prising 

2012 William C. Weldon

2010 John T. Chambers
2009 Michael E. Szymanczyk
2008 Indra K. Nooyi
2007 Ronald A. Williams
2006 H. Lee Scott, Jr.
2005 Jeffrey Noddle
2004 Ivan G. Seidenberg


Chicago Bridge Awards

2015 Jim Skogsbergh

2014 Robert L. Parkinson, Jr. 

2013 Don Thompson

2012 Gregory D. Wasson

2011 Patricia Hemingway Hall

2010 Frederick H. Waddell

2009 Gregory C. Case

2007 Robert W. Lane

2006 James Skinner

2005 John W. Rowe


Bridge Advocate Awards

2015 Pat Harris

2010 Maestro Paul Freeman

2009 James C. Tyree

2006 John W. Rogers, Jr.

2004 Roel C. Campos

"When we talk about diversity at Cisco, it’s more than equal opportunity, or bringing in the best talent from a global diverse marketplace. Our inclusive culture promotes a creative, innovative, and collaborative environment that helps fuel our globalization strategy."  


John T. Chambers

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

John Chambers is chairman and CEO of Cisco. He has helped grow the company from $70 million when he joined Cisco in January 1991, to $1.2 billion when he assumed the role of CEO, to its current run rate of $40 billion. In November 2006, Chambers was named chairman of the board, in addition to his CEO role.

Mr. Chambers has received numerous awards for his leadership over his past 15 years at the helm of Cisco, including: Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People,” one of Barron’s’ “World’s Best CEOs,” the “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 three times. During his tenure as CEO, Cisco has been named to Fortune’s “America’s Most Admired Company” list seven times, BusinessWeek’s “Top 50 Performers” list six times, Forbes’ “Leading Companies in the World,” and is one of the top 10 places to work in the U.S., China, Germany, France, India, UK, Australia, Singapore and several other countries.

Mr. Chambers takes an active role in corporate social responsibility initiatives worldwide, which most recently includes forming a public-private partnership to help rebuild healthcare and education models in the Sichuan, China region impacted by the May 2008 earthquake. He also co-sponsored the Jordan Education Initiative, which Cisco has worked on in partnership with His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan and the World Economic Forum. Chambers has also spearheaded several other education initiatives, including the 21st Century Schools initiative, to improve education and opportunity for children in the Gulf Coast Region affected by Hurricane Katrina.

In addition to his role in Cisco’s corporate social responsibility initiatives, Mr. Chambers is committed to driving diversity throughout the organization. In 2007, Cisco renewed its commitment to inclusion and diversity by naming its’ first chief diversity officer. Adding this role at a time when the world economy was teetering on collapse clearly demonstrates Cisco’s commitment to building an inclusive and collaborative workforce. Cisco believes that having an employee population that reflects the diversity of the vast markets that we serve creates a competitive advantage for multinational organizations such as ours.

Mr. Chambers joined Cisco in 1991 as senior vice president, worldwide sales and operations. He assumed the role of president and CEO in 1995. Prior to joining Cisco, he spent eight years at Wang Laboratories (1982-1990) and six years with IBM (1976-1982). He holds a law degree (1974) and a Bachelor of Science / Bachelor of Arts degree (1971) in business from West Virginia University and a master of business administration degree in finance and management (1975) from Indiana University. He is married and has two adult children.

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