Former Cisco CEO Morgridge to Address 2012 Graduates at Stanford Graduate School of Business

  Former Cisco CEO Morgridge to Address 2012 Graduates at Stanford Graduate
  School of Business

Business Wire

STANFORD, Calif -- May 03, 2012

Former Cisco CEO and philanthropist John P. Morgridge will address graduates
of the Stanford Graduate School of Business during its commencement ceremony
on Saturday, June 16, 2012. A graduate of the business school himself, he will
be the third alumni speaker to address students at the annual ceremony.

The alumni speaker program was inaugurated in 2010 as a means to inspire
graduates in their future careers. “Throughout his career, John has
demonstrated an extraordinary ability to combine his entrepreneurial acumen
with a broad commitment to improve the health and well-being of people around
the world,” said Garth Saloner, Philip H. Knight Professor and Dean of the
Stanford Graduate School of Business. “He is a role model who proves that,
armed with the right tools, our graduates can also change lives, change
organizations, and change the world.”

Morgridge led Cisco Systems as the company’s second chief executive officer
and chairman of its board, helping establish a culture of innovation,
empowerment, and giving back. He joined Cisco as CEO in 1988 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, was appointed chairman in
1995, and became chairman emeritus in 2006.

As chairman emeritus, he continues to champion a range of education and
corporate citizenship initiatives and is a guiding force behind the company’s
long-term support of basic human needs, responsible citizenship, and access to
education. Prior to Cisco, Morgridge was president and chief operating officer
of GRiD Systems and held senior positions with Stratus Computer and Honeywell
Information Systems.

Today, he teaches management at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and
serves on its Advisory Council. In 1996, he received Stanford’s Arbuckle Award
for excellence in management leadership. He also speaks frequently about
philanthropy, strategic management and principled leadership,
entrepreneurship, and how education and technology can fuel economic and
societal development throughout the world.

Morgridge actively supports a range of education, conservation, and human
services initiatives. He also serves on the boards of Business Executives for
National Security, CARE, the Cisco Foundation, Digital Promise, the Morgridge
Institute for Research, Stanford Hospitals and Clinics, TOSA Foundation,
Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), and the Fund for Wisconsin
Scholars; as co-chair of the Asia-Pacific Council of The Nature Conservancy;
and as co-director of the Stanford Leadership Academy.


Stanford Graduate School of Business
Katie Pandes, 650-724-9152
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