John T. Chambers has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Cisco Systems Inc., since January 31, 1995, when he assumed this position, Chambers has grown the company from US$1.2 billion in annual revenues to its current run-rate of approximately US$23.8 billion. Mr. Chambers joined Cisco Systems Inc., as Senior Vice President Worldwide Sales and Operations, in January 1991 and became an Executive Vice President in June 1994. Prior to joining Cisco Systems Inc., he was with Wang Laboratories for eight years, most recently as Senior Vice President of U.S. Operations. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Stratacom Inc. He has been a Member of the Board of Directors of Cisco Systems Inc., since November 1993. Mr. Chambers serves on the Board of Directors of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Mr. Chambers has been lauded by government leaders and countless publications worldwide for his visionary strategy, his ability to drive an entrepreneurial culture, and his warm-hearted, straight-talking approach. Mr. Chambers has served two American presidents; most recently as Vice Chairman of the President George Bush National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC). On this committee, he provides industry experience and leadership to help protect the critical infrastructure of the United States. He served on President Bush's Transition Team, Education Committee, and previously served on President Bill Clinton's Trade Policy Committee. Recently Mr. Chambers has spearheaded several key global initiatives, including co-sponsorship of the Jordan Education Initiative, in partnership with his Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan and the World Economic Forum. In March, for the second time, Chambers was given the "Best Investor Relations by a CEO" award by Barrons and IR Magazines, and in April he received the prestigious "Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship" from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars of the Smithsonian Institution. Recently, Chambers was also named "The Most Influential CEO" in telecommunications by Institutional Investor magazine and "The Most Influential Person in Communications" by Telecom Magazine. He has received numerous other awards including the Smithsonian Lifetime Achievement award and the Presidential Award: Ron Brown Award for Corporate Leadership from the Business Council. He holds a law degree and a bachelor of science/bachelor of arts degree in business from West Virginia University. He later received a masters of business administration degree in finance and management from Indiana University.