The chairman and CEO of Cisco will speak to the University and business communities in a lecture at West Virginia University’s Mountainlair Sept. 28. John Chambers, an alumnus of the WVU College of Business and Economics and the WVU College of Law, will visit as part of the B&E Distinguished Lecture Series at 9 a.m. in the Mountainlair Ballrooms.

The B&E Distinguished Lecture Series is presented in part by Wells Fargo.

A native of Charleston, W.Va., Chambers heads the $40 billion global company that has more than 65,000 employees around the world.

“He is, without question, one of the most recognized business leaders in the world,” said Dr. Jose Sartarelli, Milan Puskar Dean, WVU College of Business and Economics. “Cisco has operations on nearly every continent, and his successes in running this global corporation are many. We are certainly proud he is a Mountaineer.”

Cisco was founded in 1984 by two Stanford University computer scientists who invented the multi-protocol router. The company was named for San Francisco, the gateway to the Pacific Rim. Chambers joined Cisco in 1991 when it was a $70 million company and grew it to $1.2 billion when he assumed the role of CEO. He was named Chairman of the Board in 2006 in addition to his CEO role.

Chambers has received numerous awards from such entities as Time Magazine, Barron’s, 20/20, BusinessWeek, Chief Executive Magazine, the Business Council and Investor Relations Magazine. Cisco has been recognized by Fortune, BusinessWeek and Forbes, and has been named one of the top 10 places to work in multiple countries around the world. Chambers has also served two American presidents: as Vice Chairman of the President George W. Bush National Infrastructure Advisory Council and on President Bill Clinton’s Trade Policy Committee.

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