Cisco executive chairman John Chambers to step down
Mr. Chambers joined Cisco in 1991 as Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Operations.
In 1995, he became President and CEO, a position he held until 2006, when he was appointed Chairman of the Board.
He served as Chairman and CEO from 2006 to 2015.
Over the course of 20 years at the helm of Cisco, Mr. Chambers helped grow the company from $70 million when he joined, to $1.2 billion when he assumed the role of CEO, to $47 billion when he stepped down as CEO in 2015.
In January 2016 Mr. Chambers became Chairman of the U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC) and is a current member of the board of directors for Airware and OpenGov.
Mr. Chambers has served two American presidents.
He was Vice Chairman of President George W. Bush's National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC), where he provided industry experience and leadership to help protect critical U.S. infrastructure.
He also served on President George W. Bush's Transition Team and Education Committee and on President Bill Clinton's Trade Policy Committee.
Prior to joining Cisco, Mr. Chambers spent eight years at Wang Laboratories (1982–1990) and six years with IBM (1976–1982).
Mr. Chambers holds a bachelor of science / bachelor of arts degree in business and a law degree from West Virginia University and a master of business administration degree in finance and management from Indiana University.