John P. Morgridge is Chairman Emeritus of Cisco. Mr. Morgridge joined Cisco in 1988 as President and CEO, and grew the company from $5 million to more than $1 billion in sales, and from 34 to more than 2,250 employees. In 1990 he took Cisco public, in 1995 was appointed chairman, and in 2006 became chairman emeritus. Mr. Morgridge helped set the culture of Cisco as one of innovation, empowerment, frugality, and giving back. He guided the company’s focus on basic human needs, responsible citizenship, and access to education.
Mr. Morgridge speaks frequently about philanthropy, principled leadership, entrepreneurship, and education. He teaches management at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and serves on its School of Business Advisory Council. Mr. Morgridge actively supports a range of education, conservation, and human services initiatives. He is co-chair of the Asia/Pacific Council of The Nature Conservancy, co-chair of the Fund for Wisconsin Scholars, and serves on the boards of Business Executives for National Security, CARE, the Cisco Foundation, Morgridge Institute for Research, Stanford Hospitals and Clinics, TOSA Foundation, and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation.
Mr. Morgridge holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s degree in business administration from Stanford University.