About: John Chambers

John Chambers, CEO and Chairman of Cisco, is a great example of how to lead a company and inspire a good culture of working. In young years he was challenged by symptoms of dyslexia but could overcome it and perform well in later school years and throughout his career. Certainly that serves as a great inspiration to others suffering from similar conditions.

Quick Biography

  • 1949: Born in Cleveland, Ohio, USA
  • 1971: Bachelor of science, bachelor of arts (West Virginia University)
  • 1974: Degree in business and a law degree (West Virginia University)
  • 1975: MBA in finance and management (Indiana University)
  • 1976: Technology Sales at IBM
  • 1983: Moving to Wang Laboratories
  • 1987: Vice President of U.S. Operations at Wang Laboratories
  • 1991: Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations at Cisco
  • 1994: Executive Vice President at Cisco
  • 1995: CEO of Cisco
  • 2006: CEO and Chairman of the Board of Cisco

Memorable quote:

There are three characteristics that make a good leader: First is producing results, second is building a quality team, and third is the ability to communicate direction.
-John Chambers

Photo credit: World Economic Forum