John Thomas Chambers (born August 23, 1949) is the executive chairman and former CEO of Cisco Systems.
Chambers was born on August 23, 1949 in Cleveland, Ohio to John Tuner "Jack" and June Chambers. His mother was a psychiatrist and his father was an obstetrician. The family resided in Kanawha City, West Virginia.
He 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 Kelley School of Business, Indiana University. Previously, he also attended the School of Engineering at Duke University from 1967 to 1968.
After obtaining his MBA, Chambers began his career in technology sales at IBM 1976–1983 when he was 27 years old. In 1983, when he was 34 years old he moved to Wang Laboratories. There, he became the vice president of U.S. Operations in 1987. Wang had gone from a $2 billion profit in 1989 to a $700 million loss in 1990. In 1991,when he was 42 years old he left Wang and joined Cisco in 1991. Cisco went public on February 16, 1990...
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